Canine Influenza Vaccine Required At Bryn Mawr Vet

Canine Influenza Virus is a highly contagious respiratory disease that we in the veterinary community are seeing more of as pet owners become more social with their pets. Symptoms of canine influenza are coughing, lethargy, fever, nasal and eye discharge, and decreased appetite. These symptoms may be present in varying degrees in dogs, with younger and older dogs at higher risk of more severe disease.  The route of transmission is airborne or direct contact of saliva and nasal secretions.

Vaccination for respiratory infections is one way to help prevent or reduce the severity and spread of the infection. Most are familiar with the Bordetella or “kennel cough” vaccine.  Another respiratory vaccine is for Canine Influenza Virus(CIV). There is now a canine influenza vaccine that contains two influenza strains (bivalent vaccine) in one injection for the best protection against CIV. Vaccination against both Bordetella and Influenza is the best that we can do to help prevent respiratory infections in dogs. CIV vaccination initially requires 2 injections spaced 3-4 weeks apart then one annual booster thereafter.

We will now be requiring all canine patients that stay in the hospital (including boarding and daycare services) to receive the Canine Influenza vaccine to both help protect your pet and the other pets in our care. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this new protocol and for allowing us to provide the best in care for your pets.

To learn more about Canine Influenza visit the CDC’s website.

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