FARMINGDALE - Eight dogs were diagnosed with canine flu after an outbreak at the PetSmart location in Farmingdale. The dogs that contracted the virus were staying at the store's dog hotel. The PetSmart also offers dog day care and grooming services. In response to the outbreak, PetSmart says it shut down its day care and boarding services on Nov. 18. All the dogs were sent home while workers disinfected the area. A spokesperson for the pet supply chain says the dogs are recovering and PetSmart is paying for their treatment. Dog flu is spread by contact and can be deadly for dogs with respiratory problems. Veterinarians say dogs that contract the virus can get sick for weeks at a time.

The store has since reopened. Some vets advise that dog owners get their pooches vaccinated. Canine flu shots available for doting pet parents