EMERGENCY * Canine Influenza H3N2 OUTBREAK*
Please see this website on Canine Flu for further information: www.dogflu.com
We wanted to inform and educate all of our clients that the
canine flu has spread to Northern California! San Jose/San Francisco Bay area as well as Fresno and Reno
have reported CONFIRMED cases of H3N2. The outbreak has led to temporary
closures of many boarding facilities, grooming facilities and emergency clinics
in South Bay.
The most important step to prevent your dog from getting
this viral disease is VACCINATION. Vaccinating helps to minimize the impact on
your pet as well as to control the spread of canine influenza. It is imperative for us to move quickly
during this time to help mitigate the spread of disease.
Please check if your groomer or boarding facility has had any “coughing” cases. Refrain from
going to dog parks or other areas where dogs conjugate during this period. On a
limited basis this disease can effect cats but it cannot infect humans.
Summer Hills Veterinary Hospital recommends all our patients be vaccinated against H3N2 canine influenza. The initial vaccine for H3N2 is given then 2-4 weeks after, your dog will need to get a booster vaccine. If you end up not being able to get the booster before 4 weeks SHVH highly recommends starting the series over. We also have lab testing available if your dog becomes sick to determine the cause.