Canine Influenza Vaccine
Lashley Animal Hospital is committed to providing your dog the most comprehensive care in the industry. We believe in being proactive when it comes to your pet’s health. According to the guidelines set forth by the AVMA and the recently published studies, we are recommending this vaccine for all canines. There are now two known strains of virus in the United States; H3N8 which has already been diagnosed in over 30 States and H3N2 which has now been diagnosed in over 25 states, including Missouri and Southern Illinois, and the viruses are spreading fast.
CIV is a newly emerging disease and 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 and doggie daycares (especially socialized kennels and doggie daycares), veterinary clinics, dog parks, dog shows, groomers, agility settings, pet shops and any multi-dog facilities. CIV is easily transmitted by direct contact, a cough or sneeze, or via contaminated surfaces, including the surfaces of human clothing, human hands, etc.
Although these are vaccines for both viruses now, unfortunately there is not a combined vaccine for both viruses as of yet. This requires that we execute two separate virus protocols. The vaccination protocol for H3N8 and H3N2 are the same. They include an initial vaccine with a second booster given 3 weeks later. It is not yet known if the current vaccines will provide any cross-immunity.
Please note: the vaccines 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.
If you have any additional questions please call our office at 618-234-4584