URGENT Canine Influenza Information
As you may already know, there has been a recent outbreak of canine influenza affecting our area. We at Animal House are very concerned about this outbreak and want to make sure we protect our patients as diligently as possible. For the past 8 months, we have been using the newly available bivalent canine flu vaccine which helps protect dogs against both H3N2 and H3N8 strains of the flu virus.
In light of the recent outbreak, we want to make sure as many of our patients are vaccinated against canine flu as possible. We ask that you help protect your pets by bringing them in for a bivalent flu vaccination if you have not already done so. Keep in mind if your dog's flu vaccine was 8 months ago they may have received a vaccine protecting them against only one of the strains of flu currently recognized. Please call us if you are unsure which vaccine your pet has received. Dogs going to any boarding facility, groomers, or dog parks should have received both an initial vaccination and a booster vaccine (3 weeks after the initial vaccine) 4 to 6 weeks prior to exposure.
As an additional precaution, we are now going to require that all dogs staying with us for boarding or bathing be vaccinated against Canine Influenza. Pets already scheduled to board with us will still be admitted as long as they receive their first flu vaccination no later than the day they come to board with us. For their protection, we ask that you come in to start their immunization as soon as possible.
For more information on Canine Influenza please visit: https://www.dogflu.com/