What You Need To Know About Canine Influenza
The first outbreak of Canine Flu (Canine Influenza) N8 in Fairfax County in Northern, VA has been reported. The entire team at Great Neck Veterinary Clinic wants to make sure your dog is protected from this potentially serious virus. We also recommend that you contact us to get your dog vaccinated immediately. The symptoms of Canine Influenza include coughing, lethargy, nasal discharge and fever and can mimic the highly contagious but nonfatal disease known as kennel cough. If you suspect your pet may have been infected, please call us immediately at 757-481-2800.
Canine Influenza vaccination is highly recommended for dogs with the following lifestyle risks*
- Puppy classes
- Doggie day care
- Dog shows
- Dog sports events
- Dog park visits
- Visiting any gathering of multiple dogs
*Dogs in the above category are also at risk for Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, most often referred to as Kennel Cough.
*If your dog is in one of the above risk categories, vaccination for Kennel Cough (Canine Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Bordetella Bronchiseptica Vaccine) is also essential.
Nobivac Canine Flu Bivalent is recommended for healthy dogs 7 weeks of age or older as an aid in the control of disease associated with canine influenza virus H3N8 and canine influenza virus H3N2. Primary immunization requires two vaccinations given two to four weeks apart. Annual revaccination with one dose is recommended.
We want to make sure you understand that it’s important not to panic, but to be diligent. If you suspect your dog may have Canine Influenza, please keep them away from other dogs and call us immediately to schedule an appointment.