Texas is seeing an increase in dog flu!
Canine Influenza (a.k.a. Dog Flu) is a highly contagious respiratory virus that can pass easily from dog to dog through coughing and sneezing, touching noses, or via contact with objects previously contaminated by infected dogs (ie. food bowls, toys, etc). Most common clinical signs include but are not limited to from coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy and decreased appetite. The canine flu may also lead to pneumonia, and in few cases death.
The Corner Vet® offers the canine flu combination vaccine which includes both strains of the virus (H3N8 and H3N2). The flu vaccine requires one booster vaccine 2-4 weeks following the initial vaccine after which the flue is good for one year. Pets are not considered protected until several days (7 days) following the booster vaccine. Please note that the vaccine does prevent the flu in most dogs, and that vaccinated dogs who do become ill will have minimized symptoms.