Recently, there have been reports of various outbreaks of the “dog flu” or Canine Influenza Virus H3N2 strain in NC and surrounding states. It first emerged as an outbreak in Chicago in April and recently in Atlanta. Now, there are various occurrences in North Carolina.
There is a vaccine for the Canine Flu; however, it is an H3N8 strain vaccine. At this time, it is not fully determined as to whether this vaccine will cross protect dogs against the current H3N2 strain; however, the manufacturer (Merck) is testing this. Our understanding is that cross protection is likely to occur. Merck is currently offering a “vaccine guarantee” for properly vaccinated pets until it is fully determined whether or not cross protection exists.
Based on the recent information, our recommendation is that dogs that are at higher risk get the Canine Flu Vaccine (Novibac – by Merck). This would be those dogs that go to boarding, grooming or daycare facilities, dog parks, or other “dog social” activities.
Please call our office at (704) 824-9876 for an appointment or go to our home page to book online. (be sure to request the Dog Flu vaccine).
We expect the demand for this vaccine will be high and may be in short supply.
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