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New H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus Vaccine Available
Canine Influenza Virus was a big pet story in 2015, as thousands of dogs were sickened, and some even died due to the emergence of a new strain of the dog flu. The dogs didn’t have a chance to fend off the virus because they didn’t have an immunity to fight the novel bug. The virus proved to be highly contagious and could be carried to pets on the clothing and hands of people who handled sick dogs. In addition, even after dogs appeared to have recovered, many dogs continued to shed the virus for much longer than typical.
The virus turned out to be H3N2 canine influenza from Southeast Asia. No one knows how H3N2 landed in the U.S. However, because so many dogs are still susceptible, and this flu can pack such a mighty punch – many veterinarians – including Dr. Natalie Marks in Chicago – suggest the vaccine for most dogs.
Have you heard of the Canine Flu virus??!!
There is a new influenza virus that is affecting dogs throughout the U.S. It is a highly contagious virus that can cause respiratory illness in dogs only. Most dogs will get sneezing, coughing, and fever, but it can progress to more serious illnesses including pneumonia. Dogs that spend time around other dogs ie)dog parks, day care, boarding, grooming, etc. are at high risk! There is a vaccine which we are recommending for higher risk dogs to provide them with protection against this virus! Be aware that any canine patients boarding with us are required to have this vaccine. Please call the office to discuss this further and to see if your dog should receive this important immunity!!