The veterinarians at Shady Grove Animal Clinic continuously monitor infectious diseases that may affect our patients. Recently, there have been multiple reports of one strain of canine influenza (H3N2) in the mid-Atlantic area. Most cases originated in the Southeast at a dog show and have spread from there.
Canine influenza is a highly contagious virus which causes dogs to have fever, coughing, sneezing, and lethargy. Most healthy adult dogs recover with supportive care. Some dogs can carry and share the virus with no clinical symptoms
We have a vaccine that contains both H3N2 and H3N8 strains of canine flu. After the initial vaccination, a booster is required in 2 to 4 weeks, then yearly. This vaccine is considered a “lifestyle” or “non-core” vaccine. We now recommend it for socially active dogs; dogs that are boarded, go to dog shows/events, and those that go to dog parks.
Please see the links in our website or talk with your veterinarian to discuss your dog’s risk factor.