The Canine Influenza was a new virus in 2012, that mutated from an existing strain. Since the disease was a new strain, any dog that was exposed to it, was likely to contract it and become infected.
A vaccine was developed to help protect dogs and is available if needed. It was found to not be contagious to humans.
- discharge from the nose or eyes
- coughing (can be productive or non-productive)
- labored breathing or increased rate
- decrease in appetite
We recommend that you check with your pet’s boarding, grooming, or day care facilities to see if they require this Influenza vaccine before your pet visits with them. You can also discuss with your veterinarian if they feel your pet’s lifestyle warrants the need for this vaccine.
The Influenza vaccine is given as a series of two, and then annually to adult and senior dogs.