What is the Canine Flu?
The Canine Flu is a respiratory disease caused by Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) Type A. There are currently 2 strains seen in the US, H3N8 AND H3N2. This disease has been seen in 46 states, including California this year. It is highly contagious and can be spread easily. As of January 30th, there have been 185 confirmed cases in California. Ways it can be spread include through the air, contaminated surfaces, and direct contact with infected dogs. Signs of the Canine Flu can include coughing, fever, sneezing, smaller appetite, lethargy, and discharge from the eyes or nose. Most cases are mild, but some can be serious and even life threatening. There is a vaccine out there to protect against it. If you would like to learn more about canine flu, you can visit www.DogFlu.com.
Canine Influenza Bivalent Vaccine
We have a new vaccine in that protects against Canine Influenza. The vaccine we carry is bivalent, so it protects against both strains of the influenza. Most grooming and boarding facilities are requiring your dog to be vaccinated before they can come in. To be fully effective, the initial vaccination requires two doses to be given, with the booster given 3 to 4 weeks after the very first dose. After the booster is given, the vaccine is good for one year and should be given annually. To ensure your dog is healthy enough for the vaccine, an exam will be required before the first dose is given. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call us at 209-521-7305.