Danville Veterinary Hospital, LLC
- Dr. Crystal Exline
Special Statement Regarding Canine Influenza
The influenza virus is transmitted from direct contact with another dog or can be transferred by you coming in contact with a dog and bringing it home to your dog. There are 2 strains of flu out there right now. The strain we vaccinate for (H3N8) has been out awhile and this new strain (H3N2) does not have a vaccine but there is a possibility of cross protection. This means that if your dogs comes in contact with the virus, the symptoms will not be as severe or last as long. If your dog goes to the groomer, pet store, boarding, parks, or goes on walks they are at risk and should be vaccinated. There is new information coming out daily. Initially we were not recommending the vaccine but due to new information about cross protection and how quickly this virus is spreading we are highly recommending it along with other organizations such as Purdue University Veterinary School and the American Veterinary Medical Association. To vaccinate as many dogs as possible we are offering the vaccine at $35, with the exam fee waived. The vaccine must be boostered in 2 weeks for effective protection. Remember though that just because your dog is vaccinated it does not mean your dog cannot get influenza. We are currently recommend keeping your dogs home from the dog park, doggy daycare, and any other non-essential contact with other dogs. It is not just young, old, or immune compromised pets at risk; healthy adult dogs are also susceptible.
A good resource for questions you may have is https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/FAQs/Pages/Control-of-Canine-Influenza-in-Dogs.aspx.
Flu Vaccine Update: We are able to order a set amount of the vaccine each week since it is in such high demand. The current order we are expecting is from last week, so we will be ordering this week's allowed amount and begin calling those on our waiting list as soon as we know when we will get it in the clinic. If you are interested in getting the vaccine for your pet please call us at 317-745-2500 or make an appointment through our website.
***Remember the vaccine must be boostered in 2 weeks.***
Here at Danville Veterinary Hospital, our mission is to improve the lives of pets and their caretakers by practicing preventative medicine, to provide the highest quality and most compassionate care, and to strengthen the human animal bond through education. We promise to treat your pets just like our own, with the utmost respect and compassion.
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