This flu season, don't forget about your dog!
Canine Influenza is a newly emerging infectious disease caused by the virus H3N8. Canine flu is a highly contagious disease of dogs and, because the virus is relatively new, they have no natural immunity to the virus. About 80% of infected dogs will show signs of infection. Signs of flu in the dog include a cough which can persist for up to a month, low-grade fever, nasal discharge, and a lack of energy and appetite. Up to 20% of the infected dogs will have more severe signs and complications which can include a very high fever and pneumonia. A small number of dogs have died from complications associated with this disease. Diagnosis of flu infection can be difficult as the signs mimic those of Kennel Cough.
Most dogs, regardless of age or breed, are at risk for canine influenza. However, certain activities can increase your dog's risk of infection. We recommend the vaccine for all dogs who: board at hospitals, kennels, or doggie-daycare; attend or participate in dog shows or other dog events; visit a groomer, the dog park, or engage in walks with other dogs; and those who come from a shelter, rescue, breeder, or pet store.
Ask us today about adding this very important vaccine to your dog's wellness program!