There’s A New Flu In Town!
Early last spring, a new canine influenza virus known as H3N2 arrived in the United States from either China or South Korea. It swept quickly through the Chicago area, sickening over 1,000 dogs. By July, the virus had spread as far south as Atlanta, and as snowbirds begin to arrive in Florida, it is expected to become a problem here as well. In recent weeks, we have seen three suspected cases in our clinic.
The “flu shot” our pets have been receiving for the past few years is only effective against the strain known as H3N8. This vaccine provides no protection against the new virus. An additional vaccine that protects against H3N2 has recently become available. While it might be inconvenient to add yet another vet visit to your schedule, we are strongly recommending that dog owners take this step to protect their pets. Dogs infected with H3N2 often develop pneumonia, and are susceptible to serious secondary infections. We have seen no complications or side effects from the vaccine. Please consider doing your part to stop the spread of this disease by vaccinating your dog as soon as possible.
|Zohan was very brave!|