With some cooler weather right around the corner, it’s possible that you’re making your appointment for your annual flu shot to prevent that nasty bug. It may not have even crossed your mind that Sparky needs his flu shot too! The Canine Influenza Vaccine is an important way to keep your dog healthy and happy and is becoming a mandatory vaccine for many veterinarians and lodging facilities.
Over the last few years there has been a lot of discussion about Canine Influenza. A Canine Influenza Vaccine has been introduced to veterinarians. We would like to share the following information with you so you consider adding the CIV vaccination to your pet’s 2012 list of vaccinations.
The Canine Influenza is highly contagious and can be transmitted by infected dogs prior to their showing any symptoms. Typically, it is airborne, passed by dog to dog contact, or via people's hands or clothing. The disease is usually mild, accompanied by coughing and sneezing similar to the typical Canine Cough. The main concern is for approximately 20% of the dogs that may exhibit additional symptoms such as loss of appetite, lethargy, nasal discharge, fever, and potentially, pneumonia.
Based on previous discussions with area veterinarians and representatives from Schering Plough, it is recommended is that all dogs be vaccinated for Canine Influenza.
It is important to keep in mind that the current vaccine is not a preventative and even a properly vaccinated dog, when exposed, will still contract the virus. The vaccine is designed to reduce the severity of the disease, the length of time the dog is sick and the complications that are brought on by secondary bacterial infections. The vaccine is a two injection series and becomes effective after 30 days.
Hopefully, your pet(s) will never contract Canine Influenza, but if your dog exhibits symptoms, it is important that you consult with your veterinarian promptly.