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Posted on 06-14-2017
The canine flu is a highly contagious illness that can affect dogs of all breeds and sizes. Outbreaks have been reported in at least 40 states. Dogs exposed to the influenza viruses that cause canine flu can easily transmit it to other animals, even if they are not showing any clinical signs.
If signs and symptoms do occur, they are typically mild, but can affect certain dogs much more severely. Symptoms include:
If your dog is frequently around other dogs, it may be at risk for exposure to the canine flu. You should talk to your Cary vet about whether you should have your animal vaccinated.
Traditionally, veterinary hospitals administer 2 separate vaccines for canine influenza. One protects against a specific strain of virus known as the H3N8, while the other protects against a strain known as H3N2.
Our Cary veterinarian team is proud to now offer the newest vaccine, known as a bivalent vaccine, which protects against both canine influenza strains. Here's why this matters to you:
If your dog has had both H3N8 and H3N2 vaccines in the past year, then he or she can receive one bivalent vaccine that will be good for one year. If your dog has had only 1 vaccine previously, or if it's been longer than a year, then he or she will need 1 vaccine followed by a second booster shot within 4 weeks.
There's nothing more painful than watching your animal suffer, especially if it's suffering from a preventable illness. At the Chatham Animal Hospital, our Cary veterinarian team we're proud to offer a complimentary physical examination from now until August 1st to all dogs who are up-to-date on their vaccines and who have had a physical at Chatham within the past 12 months.
Don't take a chance on your dog's health! To take advantage of our special offer, call our Cary veterinarian team today at (919) 469-8114 and get your dog vaccinated against the canine flu soon!
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