Oak Grove Animal Hospital

110 Robbins Road
Durham, NC 27703-3637

(919)598-0001

www.oakgrovevetnc.com

Canine Influenza Virus Vaccine

We have added a new vaccine to our dog vaccine recommendations. The canine influenza vaccine will be a 'lifestyle' vaccine for dogs at risk of exposure. Canine influenza (CIV) is a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), because this is a newly emerging disease, virtually all dogs, regardless of breed or age, are susceptible to infection and have no immunity. Candidates for this vaccine are any of those attending or coming from shelters, kennels, doggie daycares, veterinary clinics, dog parks, dog shows, training and agility settings, pet shops and any multi-dog facilities. CIV is easily transmitted by direct contact, a cough or sneeze, or via contaminated surfaces. Cases have been identified in 31 states including North Carolina.

The vaccination protocol includes an initial vaccine with a second booster given 2-4 weeks later, protection then begins 10 days following the second booster vaccination.  The vaccine should be given to healthy dogs, 6 weeks of age or older and is boosted for at risk dogs to provide comprehensive protection.

Oak Grove Animal Hospital is committed to providing your dog the most comprehensive care in the industry. According to the guidelines set forth by the AVMA, we are recommending this vaccine for all patients who fall into the categories listed above.

Furthermore, effective March 1st, 2010, we are mandating this vaccine for patients who currently utilize our boarding facility, bath and grooming services, or those that day board for various diagnostic treatments or tests.

Note: the vaccine may not 100% prevent infection but it will greatly reduce the severity of symptoms and shorten the shedding interval i.e. vaccinated dogs that become infected have less illness and are not as contagious to other dogs. For more information please visit the following links:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/canine/ 
http://www.doginfluenza.com
http://www.avma.org/public_health/influenza/canine_bgnd.asp.

If you have any additional questions please call our office at 919-598-0001.