As many people have recently heard, there has been a confirmed case of Canine Influenza diagnosed in Georgia this week. Although the cross-reactivity of the available vaccine with the current virus is unknown, many boarding and grooming facilities will be requiring dogs to be vaccinated. We are also recommending that any dogs visiting dog parks or other areas in which unvaccinated dogs may be present should receive the Canine Influenza vaccine for protection.

Vaccine Facts:

  • The CIV vaccine is manufactured by Intervet/Schering Plough
  • Type: killed virus
  • Route: given subcutaneously (SQ)
  • Age of administration: 6 weeks or older
  • Dosage: 2 vaccinations, given 2-4 weeks apart
  • Frequency: annual vaccination after the two initial doses

Canine influenza is a new (novel) disease. Dogs do not have any natural immunity built up to protect them. According to Cynda Crawford DVM PhD and co-discoverer of the virus, “virtually all dogs exposed to the canine influenza virus become infected; about 80 percent develop a flu-like illness, while another 20 percent do not become ill. Fortunately, most dogs recover within two weeks without any further health complications. However, some dogs progress to pneumonia, which is usually due to secondary bacterial infections.”

If you are concerned that your dog may have been exposed to Canine influenza and is currently showing symptoms of coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, fever or loss of appetite, please make an appointment with WellPet Humane as soon as possible. Or if you would like to protect your dog against the flu virus, walk in to our Wellness Clinic anytime from 8am-noon or 1:00-4:00 Monday through Saturday and we can start the vaccine series.