Jan 28 – Feb 9 CIV Vaccine Clinic for $45
Many of you are likely already aware of the large amount of upper respiratory issues that impacted the canine community since the holidays. Initially this was suspected to just be Bordetella (Kennel Cough). We did culture a number of dogs that were very sick and actually tested positive for Canine Influenza. In light of this we have decide to hold a Canine Influenza Vaccine Clinic from Jan 28 – Feb 9th to encourage participation.
For $45 you get 2 full exam visits* and 2 doses of the vaccine (the booster in 3 weeks is necessary!) This is a $64 savings to you.
After extensive research and consulting with Cornell University we feel it is important to offer this vaccine to you. As with many vaccines this is not a 100% guarantee that they will not get it. However, it has been proven to immensely decrease the clinic signs and shedding of the virus, which can lead to pneumonia. If your dog is currently getting Bordetella it is recommended that this Influenza vaccine is administered as well.
What are the specifics for Canine Influenza Virus, H3N8?
- Where did it originate? It first presented itself in Florida in 2004 and has now been found in 30 states .
- Who is at risk? 100% of unvaccinated dogs are susceptible. 80% of infected dogs will develop clinical illness. 8% of clinically ill dogs will die of complications. Brachiocephalics (Pugs, Pekingese, Shi-Tzu, etc) and dogs with health issues are at a higher risk. 20% of exposed dogs will show no clinical signs but still shed & spread CIV.
- What are the signs? The signs of Canine Influenza Virus infection are similar to kennel cough and can therefore be easily dismissed by a pet’s owner. These include coughing, sneezing, fever, nasal discharge and ocular (eye) discharge. Even dogs that do not show symptoms can still spread the virus. Unfortunately, by the time dogs show signs of infection, they have unknowingly already been spreading the virus for approximately 7-10 days.
- What do I do if My Dog seems sick?: Please be vigilant and if you notice that your dog is coughing, sneezing, running a fever, has a nasal discharge and ocular (eye) discharge, then immediately isolate your dog from other dogs. Please Call Champlain Valley Veterinary Services (518) 563-5551 and arrange to have your dog examined by one of our veterinarians.
The Canine Influenza Vaccine, H3N8:
- The best way to protect your dogs from Canine Influenza Virus is to maintain generally healthy pets and immunize them with the Canine Influenza Virus, H3N8.
- The vaccine has been proven safe and well tolerated in over 700 dogs. Vaccine protocol is initially a series of two injections given 2-3 weeks apart and then annually. Vaccine can be administered to pups as young as 6 weeks of age.
- Our veterinarian vaccinated his own dogs to demonstrate our confidence in the safety and effectiveness of this vaccine.
- One of the most disturbing things about Canine Flu is that dogs that are in the infectious stage may look perfectly normal, and act perfectly normal, while spreading the virus to other dogs. For that reason, vaccination is really the only practical way of preventing severe infection.
We are a very interactive outdoor community. If you bring your dog to doggie day care, dog parks, or board at other facilities consider having your pet vaccinated to avoid this spreading to your pet or others in the community.
Thank you for trusting us with your pet. We will continue to keep you informed on this and other issues as they arise.
Call us to make an appointment today.
*These visits are focused on explaining and giving the vaccine. If you need additional vaccines or issues discussed there will be an regular exam charge.