Special Announcements from the Vet
Canine Influenza Outbreak
April 16, 2015
As of Wednesday, April 22, the canine influenza H3N8 vaccine will be available at Fischer Animal Hospital. We will be recommending this vaccine to any patients that attend dog parks, kennels, groomers, training classes (group or individual) or are otherwise exposed to other dogs outside of the household. The new strain (H3N2) does not have a vaccine yet but it is advised that the H3N8 strain has been detected as well in the recent outbreak. Please be aware that the H3N8 vaccine may NOT be effective against the H3N2 strain – research is still in progress as to the effectiveness of the old vaccine. If your dog has had the flu vaccine in the past then only 1 booster is needed. If this is the first time receiving the booster then a 2nd one must be administered within 2-3 weeks for full effectiveness.
Other information regarding the virus:
1) Cats are also susceptible to infection from the new H3N2 strain - no vaccine is available.
2) Pets may be asymptomatic (show no signs of illness) for first 4 days after infection - they are most contagious during the first 4-7 days even when no symptoms are present.
3) Symptoms: Persistent cough, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy, no appetite. Vomiting and diarrhea may or may not be present.
4) The only way to confirm the flu virus is through special testing with a lab. Please keep in mind many other upper respiratory viruses may mimic the flu.
Please contact our office with any questions or for a price quote.