Canine Influenza Vaccine

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Canine Influenza Vaccine

Los Angeles County has recently documented a few cases of the Canine H3N2 Influenza Virus.

Boulevard Veterinary Hospital does not recommend the vaccine for most pets. This virus is very contagious, but in most cases, it causes only mild symptoms. Signs of viral infection include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, loss of appetite, and fever.

If your pet has flu-like symptoms and needs medical attention, please keep your pet in your vehicle until a technician can escort you and your pet to an isolated exam room.  

Please keep your dog away from other pets. Wash your hands.

Certain situations will increase the chance of exposure to the flu virus. Boarding kennels, doggy daycare, dog parks, rescues, shelters, and the county pound are all situations where dogs are grouped together, and, therefore, present a higher risk of exposure.

Boulevard Veterinary Hospital has a canine influenza vaccine available for high-risk pets. The vaccine protects against both H3N8 and H3N2 influenza strains. A booster is required in 2 weeks, then annually.

Our veterinarians and staff can help you decide if the canine influenza vaccine is necessary for your pet.