In case you’ve heard – it’s true. Canine Influenza has been found in North Carolina. The team at Happy Tails Veterinary Emergency Clinic is prepared to assist if you fear that your pet has come into contact with the virus. Our emergency services team is well-versed in all thing canine influenza and has the tools needed to help your pet.

Canine Influenza vaccination is highly recommended for dogs with the following lifestyle risks*

  • Puppy classes
  • Doggie daycare
  • Boarding
  • Grooming
  • Dog shows
  • Dog sports events
  • Dog park visits
  • Visiting any gathering of multiple dogs

*Dogs in the above category are also at risk for Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, most often referred to as Kennel Cough.

*If your dog is in one of the above risk categories, vaccination for Kennel Cough (Canine Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Bordetella Bronchiseptica Vaccine) is also essential.

Nobivac Canine Flu Bivalent is recommended for healthy dogs 7 weeks of age or older as an aid in the control of disease associated with canine influenza virus H3N8 and canine influenza virus H3N2. Primary immunization requires two vaccinations given two to four weeks apart. Annual revaccination with one dose is recommended.

More information can be found on the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services website.

We want to make sure you’re educated on the disease and know what to do to protect your pet or get treatment if they come in contact with the disease.

The dog flu is a highly contagious viral infection that is spread through respiratory secretions when an infected dog barks, coughs, or sneezes. The virus can live on objects, like toys, food bowls, leashes, and clothing, for up to 48 hours. Despite its name, the dog flu can also affect cats, although that is less common. Most importantly: Twenty percent of dogs exposed to the virus will not show signs of illness, but they could still be carriers of the virus and spread it to other dogs.

Mild cases of dog flu will result in:

  • A cough that can last up to a month
  • Sneezing
  • Lethargy
  • Increased eye and nasal discharge

Dogs that develop a more serious form of the infection might experience a high fever. The virus can also progress to pneumonia, which could lead to difficulty breathing and the need for supplemental oxygen and other medical support. A small percentage of dogs who get the flu will succumb to the virus.

If you do suspect that your dog has come in contact with the disease, please call us at 336-285-0173 immediately. If your dog has the flu, we will offer supportive care when appropriate, like anti-nausea medications, fluids, and antibiotics to treat possible secondary bacterial infections.

We’ll be here for you and your pet during this trying time.

 

 

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