Canine Influenza Alert

Recently, we've been receiving questions from some of our pet owners about dog flu. They were concerned about stories they had seen or read in the news about outbreaks. In answering their questions, we realized that all our dog owners may have similar questions and concerns. So, we're writing to tell you about dog flu, what puts dogs at risk and what can be done to protect them.

Dog flu is a relatively new disease and can be caused by two different canine influenza virus strains, H3N8 and H3N2. Both strains of dog flu virus cause respiratory disease in dogs. Affected dogs may develop coughing, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. The signs of infection are similar to those of other respiratory diseases in dogs. With proper medical attention, most dogs will recover. However, in some cases, dog flu can progress to a more severe or even life-threatening condition, such as pneumonia.

Dog flu is highly contagious, so visiting places where dogs socialize or congregate, such as doggie day cares, dog parks, groomers, boarding facilities, dog shows, and urban locations, places dogs at higher risk for becoming infected. Making the situation even more difficult to control is that dogs can spread the virus before signs of illness appear. Because of this, many boarding facilities, etc. are now requiring this vaccine for optimal protection of all dogs in their care.

The best way to protect your dog from dog flu is through vaccination. Fortunately, there is a vaccine now available for both dog flu strains. The initial vaccination requires two doses, given 2 to 4 weeks apart. Thereafter, an annual booster is recommended for continued protection.

Because of the importance of vaccinating against this new threat we are offering clients the opportunity to schedule the series at a reduced cost. For only $99 you can protect your dog against the emerging threat of Canine Influenza.

We recommend vaccinating dogs against dog flu. Please call us to discuss any questions you might have and to set up an appointment.


The Team at Malta Animal Hospital

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