Dog Flu has Reached California - Vaccinate Now!

Do You Know There is a Dog Flu Epidemic Happening Right Now?

Protect Your Dog With the Dog Flu Vaccination, Available Now at Your SCVG Hospital!

Keep reading for details, and click here to request an appointment

Dog flu is a highly contagious respiratory virus and almost every dog is at risk of catching it. As of February 22, 2018, there have been more than 490 positive cases of Dog Flu in California and Nevada. The virus spreads rapidly, especially at boarding facilities, groomers, doggy day cares, dog parks, and other spots where dogs co-mingle.

Dog Flu Vaccination
This respiratory infection is relatively new, so natural immunity is low. It is easily transmitted from dog to dog, including by:

• Virus particles in the air (coughing or sneezing).
• Physical contact with other dogs.
• Indirect transferal, like if a dog touches or plays with objects that were touched by infected dogs (food bowls, toys, etc.). 
• Humans can transfer the virus between dogs if they do not properly sanitize after touching an infected dog, or if their clothing isn't cleaned.
• One of the two strains can even be transmitted to cats.

Symptoms of Dog Flu include:

• High fever(103°F)
• Lethargy (tiredness)
• Decrease of appetite
• Cough, which may be dry or may bring up sputum
• Runny nose with clear secretions at first, but may later change to a thick and yellow and/or pink-tinged color
• And in severe cases:

o A high fever (104-106°F)
o An increased respiratory rate
o Severe depression
o Anorexia (lack of appetite)

If your dog is experiencing symptoms of Dog Flu, please see your veterinarian right away!

 

Don’t Wait – Vaccinate!

Vaccinations to protect against Dog Flu are available now at all SCVG hospitals in Lake Elsinore, Murrieta and Norco.

Don’t delay – once symptoms are present, your dog cannot receive the vaccination, and may face a 28-day quarantine if he or she shows signs of Dog Flu!

We highly recommend that you vaccinate your dog as soon as possible to protect against Dog Flu.

What You Need to Know About the Dog Flu Vaccination

• Dog must have had a Wellness Exam at an SCVG hospital within the past 12 months and be free of respiratory symptoms.
• The vaccine is for adult dogs, and puppies as early as 7 weeks old.
• Each dog will receive a series of two vaccines > first initial shot, then booster 2 to 4 weeks later. Then annual vaccinations to maintain efficacy.
• Vaccine reaches full strength coverage four weeks after the booster, so it is important to exercise caution until that time.
• There are currently two strains of Dog Flu: H3n2 and H3n8. Our vaccination series protects against both strains at the same time.

Don’t wait – contact us today to schedule your dog’s Dog Flu vaccination! 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. The health and well-being of your pets is our No. 1 priority, and we are here to help!

Click here to request an appointment online, or call your hospital directly:

Lake Elsinore Animal Hospital > (951) 674-9392

Norco Animal Hospital > (951) 736-1917

Valley Veterinary Clinic > (951) 677-7811