New Policy Change Regarding the Canine Influenza Virus
We want to alert you to a new policy change that is effective immediately
regarding the canine influenza virus. Canine Influenza, or dog flu, is a
highly contagious viral infection affecting dogs and some cats. At present,
two strains of canine influenza virus have been identified in the United
States: H3N8 and H3N2. This virus mostly causes upper respiratory symptoms
such as coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge, but it can lead to high
fevers, pneumonia, and even death. Dogs most likely to be affected are
those that are around other dogs for boarding, grooming, doggy day cares,
or dog shows. Outbreaks of the recent influenza strain H3N2 have been noted
in many cities in the midwest and most recently Columbus and Toledo Ohio.
We feel the virus will be seen in Fort Wayne in the near future.
Thankfully, we have a vaccine that covers both strains in dogs.
WE WILL NOW BE REQUIRING THIS VACCINE FOR ALL DOGS BEING BOARDED OR GROOMED
AT NEW HAVEN PET HOSPITAL. It is a series of two vaccines 2-4 weeks apart
and then yearly thereafter. The Influenza vaccine, just like the Kennel
Cough vaccine, does not gaurantee your dog won't get the virus but the
symptoms should be milder. There is currently no vaccine for cats. Our goal
is to provide the safest care and environment for your furry family
Please call us as soon as possible to get your pet protected. (260)493-3739.
Our Staff at New Haven Pet Hospital