Don’t let the flu get your dog down

Pet cold and flu season has arrived and you’d be surprised at the similarities between how humans and pets contract illnesses. You know how it is, one minute you are feeling fine and the next you’re out of commission for a few days. Well, the same happens when our dogs get the flu. By the time symptoms arise it may be too late. It’s time to learn if your dog is flu season ready.

Ask yourself:

  • Does your dog spend time around other dogs, such as at a dog park?
  • Does your dog share toys or food/water bowls with other dogs?
  • Do you plan to board your pet during a vacation?
  • Do you visit a groomer?
  • If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to take action to protect your precious pooch against the dog flu. Without protection, your dog risks possible exposure to the flu virus anytime it comes in contact with other dogs, places or objects that other sick dogs have come in contact with.

    There are two main strains of canine influenza virus (CIV for short), H3N2 and H3N8 that can harm your dog. Both are highly contagious respiratory infections that can lead to serious disease or even death. The origin of this virus has been linked to animal species other than dogs. Cases of CIV have been found in all almost all 50 states and in many other countries. As with any virus, waiting to vaccinate until it makes its way to your neighborhood is not an effective form of preventive medicine, so if you think your dog may be at risk for contracting the flu, come to see us at a VIP Petcare clinic today to get your dog vaccinated.

    As mentioned previously, Canine flu has several strains, and VIP Petcare can help protect against the two most common strains, H3N2 and H3N8. Please note, the Canine Influenza vaccination requires an initial series of 2 vaccinations. These vaccines are recommended for dogs 8 weeks of age and older.

    Find a clinic and get your canine flu vaccination at a VIP Petcare location today. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you have about the flu and the vaccination we offer for protection.