Some of you may have heard about the canine influenza outbreak that has recently occurred in Florida and Georgia at several dog shows in early June. It has now spread to Texas and other areas. We have been closely following the outbreak in an effort to better prepare and protect our clients’ dogs from a possible outbreak closer to home. As with all forms of influenza, it is very contagious.
Several points about the most recent outbreak are concerning:
1.) This outbreak started in the dog show circuit: many dogs come from various parts of the country to participate who then return home, making the potential distribution pattern extensive.
2.) Time of year: this is time of year many dogs both travel with their owners and/or are boarded while the while owners vacation.
3.) There are some early cases reported in NJ and western NY.
For a more detailed look at current news on influenza, please refer to Rhinebeck Animal Hospital’s CIV Info & Recommendations article.
Rhinebeck Animal Hospital now administers a Canine Influenza vaccine that protects against both known types of canine influenza. At this time, we do not require the influenza vaccine for boarding, but may in the future. We do highly recommend it for boarding pets and dogs with active or social lifestyles.
Please click here to take Rhinebeck Animal Hospital’s customized risk assessment survey to help you decide whether or not to vaccinate your dog against Canine Influenza.
It is important to understand that full immunization takes about 5 weeks if the pet has not previously been vaccinated. The initial vaccine protocol is: first vaccination given, then 2-3 weeks later a vaccine booster is given and full immunity is achieved about 2-3 weeks later. After the initial vaccine series, the vaccine is given once annually as needed or warranted by current influenza distribution/conditions.
We thank you for your time and attention to this matter, and wish you and your furry friends a happy, healthy and safe Summer!
With warm regards,