Dog Flu – Canine Influenza

 

Canine Influenza (Dog Flu) is an influenza occurring in dogs and canine animals. Canine influenza is caused by varieties on influenzavirus A, such as equine influenza virus H3N8, which in 2004 was discovered to cause disease in dogs. Because of lack of previous exposure to the virus, dogs have no natural immunity to it. Because of this, the disease spreads rapidly through individual dogs.

There is currently an outbreak of Canine Influenza in the Reno/ Sparks area. Because Canine Influenza is extremely contagious, it is recommended that owners avoid taking their dogs to public places for now. It is also recommended to vaccinate your dogs against Canine Influenza. Many boarding and grooming facilities are now requiring that dogs are vaccinated against Canine Influenza.

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Are Vaccines Really That Important?

     The answer to this question seems like a no-brainer—YES! However, many pet owners are unsure why it is so important to keep your dog or cat up to date on their vaccinations. There are many reasons to be responsible about vaccinating your pet, including preventative care to avoid costly emergencies, public health and safety in your community, and best quality of life for your pet. Vaccines are an easy, safe, and effective way to prevent many diseases in cats and dogs. This list includes: Continue…

Core Pet Vaccines

core pet vaccine history Throughout their lives, your pet will likely be exposed to several infectious diseases that cause severe illness and even death. But, if you take the right steps to prevent infection through core pet vaccines, you will greatly extend the life of your pet.

We feel that every pet should receive at least core pet vaccines, which include Rabies, Distemper-Adenovirus-Parainfluenza and Parvo and Bordetella (Kennel Cough) for dogs and Rabies, Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV) and Feline Lukemia Virus for cats. There are optional pet vaccines that include Cornoavirus, Lyme, Leptospirosis and Rattlesnake for your pet as well.

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