Canine influenza is a relatively new disease commonly referred to as "dog flu" and can be caused by two different canine influenza viruses. Just like human flu is among humans, canine influenza is highly contagious among dogs. In fact, unless a dog has already had the illness and recovered, almost every dog exposed to the virus will become infected.
Two different strains of canine influenza virus have been isolated in the US. These strains are not related. Therefore, dogs at risk should be vaccinated against both strains. This is because the viruses are relatively new, and dogs have no natural immunity to it.
Just recently Merck Animal Health launched Nobivac Canine Flu Combo vaccine. This vaccine aids in the control of disease associated with Canine Influenza Virus H3N8 and H3N2 infection. It has been clinically proven to significantly reduce the severity of influenza and the length of time that a dog is sick. The vaccine has a reasonable expectation of efficacy and safety. Brentwood Veterinary Clinic is now carrying this vaccine.
Your veterinarian can advise you whether canine influenza vaccines should be added to your dog's vaccination schedule. Call us today if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.
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