Canine Influenza Virus - H3N8

Canine Influenza Virus has been spreading across the United States at record speed. Recently, the virus has been identified in Northern Virginia and surrounding metropolitan area. This is a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs. Risk factors for Canine Influenza are the same as for Canine Cough (Bordetella). It is transmitted, as with other respiratory pathogens, by direct contact with infected dogs and by aerosols generated by coughing and sneezing. Living in a highly mobile society has make the risk of transmission far greater for the pets in the Valley. The Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) doesn't respect any boundaries. Dogs are mobile. They move from state-to-state and in and out of kennels, groomers, vets, and daycares. And when they carry the CIV with them, they quickly infect other dogs - especially in closed, multi-dog environments.

The About Pets Center is requiring the H3N8 vaccine for all canines admitted to our facility for boarding, grooming or doggie day care. The vaccine has been shown to decrease the likelihood of an Influenza outbreak by reducing viral shedding, so infected dogs are less contagious to other dogs. It also reduces the severity of clinical signs such as cough and the risk of pneumonia, which can be fatal. Clients will need to plan ahead because your dog will need to receive two doses given 2 to 4 weeks apart to be fully protected the first year and one dose yearly thereafter. Please contact your Vet to schedule the vaccine. We also require Bordetella, Distemper and Rabies. Your pet's health and well-being is important to us.

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