2017 Canine Influenza Outbreak
Do to the recent cases surrounding the Canine Influenza (Flu) virus in the state of Florida, including reports in Zephyrhills. River Mill Animal Hospital will be offering the Canine Influenza Vaccination. Many owners are having concerns regarding this virus. We are here to address those concerns and protect your pets.
What is Canine Influenza?
It is a very contagious influenza virus which common symptoms include sneezing, nasal discharge, and frequent coughing that can last for 2 weeks or more. Many dogs have a fever, decreased appetite, and lethargy in the first days of the illness. In more severe cases this virus can cause pneumonia and require hospitalization. Canine Influenza is spread by direct contact with an infected dog, contact with a contaminated environment, or people within that environment. Although it is recommended every dog be vaccinated, River Mill Animal Hospital feels those pets with social lifestyles including those groomed, boarded, or who attend doggie daycares, dog shows, and dog parks are at a higher risk of exposure.
What should I do if my dog has Canine Influenza symptoms?
- Call our office, do not come to the hospital before calling, your dog may be very contagious and will require special attention and isolation.
- Tell the receptionist the symptoms your pet is experiencing and when they started.
- The receptionist or technician will provide specific instructions on when and how we will see your dog.
How do I protect my dog from Canine Influenza?
The most crucial step to battling Canine Influenza is to vaccinate your dog. Our vaccination at River Mill Animal Hospital will include both Canine Influenza strains, H3N2 and H3N8. After the initial vaccination, your dog will receive a booster in 3 weeks. After the vaccine is provided yearly. If an outbreak is present in your community be careful about exposing your dog to events and facilities in these areas.
Please call the hospital at 813-501-4958, to schedule an appointment for your pet’s vaccination today and if you have additional concerns regarding Canine Influenza.