Due to the recent confirmed outbreak of Canine Influenza in the Chicago area, we are once again recommending that our patients who spend time in boarding kennels, grooming facilities or dog parks be vaccinated, in case they come in contact with any dogs that have been in that area. We will also be re-vaccinating our boarding and grooming guests to minimize the risk of transmission in our kennel. As of yet, there are no reports of this spreading beyond the Lafayette area, but people and dogs can travel readily between these regions.
Canine influenza is a respiratory disease that spreads rapidly between dogs that are kept in close proximity. Symptoms appear about 2-4 days after exposure, and dogs that are not yet showing symptoms can already be contagious. In most dogs, symptoms (cough, runny nose, low-grade fever) are mild and clear up without treatment in 10-21 days. Some dogs, especially the elderly, the very young, and those with weak immune systems, can develop severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization and can even be fatal. These severe symptoms affect less that 20% of sick dogs.
The influenza vaccination may not completely eliminate infection, but has been shown to decrease the severity and duration of symptoms. The initial vaccination protocol consists of two doses, 2-4 weeks apart. In a previously vaccinated dog, a single annual booster vaccine is indicated.
For our current patients, we will be happy to administer the vaccines without our usual office call charge, in order to get them protected as efficiently as possible.
For more information, visit https://www.avma.org/pubâ¦/PetCare/Pages/CanineInfluenza.aspx