Canine Influenza In The Triangle – June 2017

Schnauzer at playCanine influenza has recently been diagnosed in the Triangle, and is highly contagious.  The current strain in this area appears to be H3N2.  A vaccine is available for this strain, and we are recommending it for all canine patients that come into contact with or are near other dogs.

Vaccination

The canine influenza vaccination is a two injection series for dogs that have not been vaccinated for this strain before.  We give a booster 2 to 3 weeks after we give your dog the first injection.  Full efficacy is expected approximately 2 weeks after the second injection.  Once your dog has had the initial vaccination series, we recommend boosting annually.

Please call Falconbridge at 919-403-5591 or Village Vet at 919-967-4779 if you would like to schedule an appointment for your dog to be vaccinated.  You may also request an appointment from our website.

Symptoms of Canine Influenza

Symptoms are most severe for young and old or otherwise sick dogs.  Brachycephalic dogs (pugs, boxers, bulldogs, and other dogs with short noses) are also at higher risk.  Most cases are self limiting and may be treated with rest, time, and confinement from other dogs.  We recommend supportive care for our patients showing symptoms to prevent canine influenza from progressing to more serious problems.  If you notice your dog developing any of these symptoms please call right away: coughing, sneezing, lethargy, discharge from the nose and/or eyes, lack of appetite, or fever.

For additional information on canine influenza, click here to see the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.

Dogs Boarding at Falconbridge

Because canine influenza is highly contagious and the virus can shed for 2 to 3 days before symptoms are visible, we are requiring that all dogs boarding with us receive the vaccine to keep all our patients and boarders as safe as possible.  This may or may not be a permanent change to our boarding requirements.

Since this is a 2 injection series for dogs being vaccinated the first time for influenza, ideally you should bring your dog in to start the series with the first injection at least 4 to 5 weeks prior to boarding, then returning for us to give your dog the booster 2 to 3 weeks later.  The vaccine will then be fully effective prior to boarding.

If you are not able to bring your dog(s) in that far ahead of boarding, you should try to come in at least 2 to 3 weeks prior to boarding. and we can give the booster while they are boarding.

If your dog(s) will be boarding within the next 2 weeks or if you are not able to come in prior to boarding, we will be giving the first injection while they are boarding with us.

For dogs that have received the H3N2 vaccine previously and are not currently up to date, we recommend coming in at least 2 weeks prior to boarding for a booster injection.

Please call Falconbridge at 919-403-5591 or Village Vet at 919-967-4779 if you would like to schedule an appointment for your dog to be vaccinated.  Or click here to request an appointment.

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