You may have heard about outbreaks of canine influenza or "dog flu" affecting dogs on the West Coast. Recently there have been confirmed cases in Portland from dogs who traveled through Seattle. This highly contagious and potentially serious respiratory infection is caused by the canine influenza virus (CIV) H3N2. Dogs that are frequently in contact with other dogs may be at high risk of infection with this virus. This includes dogs that are boarded or enrolled in day care, dogs that spend time in dog friendly work places or dogs that visit grooming facilities or the local dog parks. If your dog is exposed to CIV, he or she is at risk of becoming infected.
The good news is that Loyal Family Veterinary Hospital does carry the Vanguard CIV H3N2/H3N8 vaccine, which protects against both strains of canine influenza. If you would like to vaccinate your dog, please call our office. The cost of each vaccine is $50 and the initial vaccination must be boosted 2 to 4 weeks later.