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North Palm Beach, FL 33403
Last spring, a canine influenza outbreak was identified in north Florida and Georgia. Since then, there have been other cases identified in 47 states.
Village Animal Clinic is now requiring the vaccine for dogs that board or attend Doggie Daycare. It takes about 5 weeks to develop full immunity, so we advise getting the vaccine now. No appointment is needed, but we advise calling us first to ensure your wait time is minimal.
More information about influenza is described below.
The doctors at Village Animal Clinic have been following the situation closely and at this time, we feel that it would be prudent to vaccinate at-risk dogs - dogs that have social interaction with other dogs - such as boarding, grooming (including just pedicures), Green Markets, dog parks, doggie daycare and any obedience/ agility activity (humans can act as vectors of the disease and so transmit it to dogs), as well as meeting other dogs on the street. With season almost here, there will be an influx of dogs from the northeast, where cases are currently being diagnosed.
The disease is spread by
Direct contact: when dogs kiss, lick or nuzzle each other
Through the air: from a cough or sneeze
Contaminated objects: doggie bowls, toys, doorknobs or clothing
Human touch: hands of pet owners, veterinary clinic staff or shelter workers who have been in contact with influenza-infected dogs
There is an incubation period of 2-5 days, during this time dogs may be shedding the virus while showing no signs. In many cases, Dog Flu presents with just mild symptoms - low-grade fevers, poor appetites, coughing, sneezing, runny eyes/noses. However, in about 10% of cases, more severe outcomes such as a high fever (104-106°F), severe depression, anorexia, pneumonia, and death can occur.
If you have questions about the vaccine or if it is appropriate for your dog, please call us.
The vaccine needs to be administered and then boosted 2-4 weeks later. If the threat of Influenza continues, annual revaccination is recommended.
High-risk dogs include:
Dogs in poor condition and/or are debilitated
Dogs currently exposed to other diseases
Very young or very old dogs
Severe symptoms to watch for:
A high fever (104-106°F)
An increased respiratory rate