Canine Influenza: What Does It Mean for You and Your Dog?
Click here for some quick facts about the Canine Influenza Virus.
Dr. Kelsey’s current recommendations regarding Canine Influenza:
- Dr. Kelsey recommends that all dogs in “high risk” categories be vaccinated against Canine Influenza. These categories are primarily dogs that are likely to be exposed to a multitude of other dogs from different parts of the country. They include: show dogs, field trial dogs, agility dogs, and dogs who attend any other type of large competition.
- If your dog is not considered “high risk,” the vaccination may not yet be necessary for your dog.
- If your dog attends a boarding, grooming, day care, or similar facility that requires their patrons be vaccinated for Canine Influenza, we are happy to vaccinate your dog if you wish to continue using the same facility.**
**Please note that if your dog is boarded, groomed, attends doggie day care, or plays at the dog park regularly, we still recommend that your dog receive a booster vaccine against the “kennel cough complex” every 6 months.
About the Canine Influenza Vaccine:
- The vaccine we carry is a “bivalent” vaccine, meaning it offers protection against both the H3N8 and H3N2 strains of the virus.
- The first time a dog receives the flu vaccine, it is given in a two-step process. After the initial vaccine, a booster must be given 3 weeks later.
- After the initial 2 vaccines, the flu vaccine can be administered once yearly.
- Much like the human flu vaccine, the CIV vaccine may not prevent your dog from contracting the virus; but, it should shorten the duration and lessen the severity of the illness.
- Unlike the human flu vaccine, which contains modified live virus, the CIV vaccine uses a “killed virus.” Using a killed virus means that the vaccine should not cause your dog to develop illness or flu-like symptoms. The only noted reactions have been of an allergic nature.