Important Information About Canine Flu
As you may have heard, cases of canine influenza are now occurring in the South Bay Area. This virus, which is not transmissible to people, usually causes upper respiratory symptoms including coughing and sneezing, nasal discharge, and fever.
For the protection of all our dogs, please read these recommendations:
- It is highly recommended to vaccinate unaffected dogs who will be exposed to other dogs (boarding, shows, dog parks, groomers, and doggy daycare. If they are already coughing, it is too late for the vaccine to be effective.
- The vaccine is a two shot series given 2 weeks apart. The body responses to the vaccine six weeks after the first vaccine is given.
- We highly recommend all of our dogs that do come in contact with other dogs at boarding facilities, etc to avoid these places if you can, or at least until the outbreak is under control.
- If you have an older dog or one with serious medical conditions like heart disease, and your dog starts coughing, we also encourage you to give us a call. We can advise you whether to schedule an appointment or go to the Emergency Clinic
- If you feel your dog has been exposed, (cough, fever, lethargic or any nasal discharge) we ask that you take them to:
For more information you can visit this website: www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/CanineInfluenza/