Should You Vaccinate Aganist the Canine Flu?

posted: by: J. Dyrek Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

If you are considering vaccinating your pet, first, take a look at your dog's lifestyle, this virus spreads best in enclosed spaces that are shared by a lot of dogs. If your dog frequents a boarding facility, doggy day care, groomer's shop, or even pet stores he has a higher than average chance of getting sick. In fact, some of these businesses are starting to require that dogs be vaccinated before visiting.   

Then, take note of your dog's individual situation. Does he have a chronic disease that may put him at higher risk for flu complications? Vaccination might be in his best interest, but talk to the veterinarian before making any final decisions.

Risk factors
  • Dogs that come from shelters, rescue centers, kennels, or pet stores
  • Boarding or visiting doggie daycare
  • Visiting groomers, dog parks, or engaging with other dogs
  • Dogs that participate in events/competitions
  • Dogs that travel
  • Dogs of animal care staff

Some Clinical signs
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing (dry or moist)
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of appetite

We all love our pets and being proactive about making sure your dog stays healthy is an important part of caring for them. Don't hesitate to call our office if you have any questions, we are here to help.