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Protect Your Pet from the Current Dog Flu Outbreak

There are two dog flu viruses currently active in the US (H3N8 and H3N2) with the latest outbreaks in California all being H3N2 virus. At the present time, the currently available “dog flu vaccine” helps prevent both currently active strains of the dog flu (H3N8 and H3N2). The vaccines are initially given as an injection, then a booster is given after approximately 3 weeks, and then the dog should re-boostered every year.

Recent Outbreak of Dog Flu

With recent dog flu outbreaks in San Fransisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles, it is recommended that all dog owners in California consider a flu vaccine for their pets. And it is especially urged that those owners whose dogs are in the higher-risk category make plans to get their dogs vaccinated as soon as possible.

Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine reported 72 cases of the dog flu in California, in just the past month and a half. This is a large increase over typical numbers – leading California to be considered a “dog flu hot spot” this winter.

Canine flu is highly contagious — infecting about 80% of all dogs who come into contact with the virus. So it is much better to be safe than sorry – and bring your dog in for a flu shot. 

Dogs Most at Risk for Canine Flu

Canine influenza vaccines are available at our Manhattan Beach Veterinary Hospital for all dogs who are in good health and who do not have an underlying immune deficiency.

However, the “dog flu vaccine” is especially strongly recommended for “at risk” dogs, which means any dogs who are likely to have increased risk of exposure to other dogs who may be infected.

Dogs Most at Risk for Canine Flu

  • dogs who frequently go to dog parks
  • dogs who were at or will be going to boarding facilities
  • dogs who go to grooming parlors or doggie daycares
  • dogs who have recently been to, or will be going to, the Sacramento or San Fransicso area

How Canine Flu is Transmitted

Dog flu passes easily from dog to dog through air borne particles (“aerosolization”) when an infected dog barks, coughs or sneezes. Canine flu can also spread via contaminated objects - like sticks or balls, as well as on hands or clothing.

It is important to note that an infected dog may not show any symptoms despite already having the virus – meaning a dog can be contagious even if it does not yet appear sick.

Currently there is no cure for the dog flu, so if your dog becomes sick, the best that veterinarians can do is to support the patient’s immune system (with IV’s etc.) to help them beat the virus and return to health.

The canine flu itself in not usually deadly, with a mortality rate less than 10 percent. However, serious secondary bacterial infections (like pheumonia and respiratory infections) often frequently accompany dog flu. These can be very serious and need to be treated by your veterinarian with antibiotics as soon as possible.

Our Manhattan Beach Veterinarians offer H3N2 Canine Flu Vaccines

 The only guaranteed way to keep your best friend safe from the dog flu is by getting them a flu shot! It’s quick, safe, and at our discounted vaccine clinics it’s very affordable.

Vaccine Clinics are held on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month from 4-6PM. So bring your buddy in and make sure he has the best flu protection currently available!

If you would like to bring your dog in for a H3N2 Canine Flu Vaccination, please call our Veterinarians at: 310-536-9654

Read More About Dog Flu in Dr. Steinam’s Article HERE

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