Health Alert

This is an important veterinary medical alert. Due to an unknown and unidentified canine upper respiratory virus threatening our community, we are recommending that all of our cute, lovable and furry canine friends be vaccinated for and protected against Canine Influenza Virus (CIV). In order to encourage vaccination for this highly contagious disease, we are reducing the cost of the CIV vaccine to $31. Supplies are limited so please read the important information below from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help keep your dog safe and call us today to schedule your dog's appointment to receive the CIV vaccine.


From the CDC:

Canine Influenza Virus Vaccine

Do to the recent outbreak of Canine Influenza in Illinois -- where over 1,000 dogs were affected and five canine deaths reported -- we have added a new vaccine to our dog vaccine recommendations. The canine influenza vaccine will be a 'lifestyle' vaccine for dogs at risk of exposure. Canine influenza (CIV) is a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), because this is a newly emerging disease, virtually all dogs, regardless of breed or age, are susceptible to infection and have no immunity. Candidates for this vaccine are any of those attending or coming from shelters, kennels, doggie daycares, veterinary clinics, dog parks, dog shows, training and agility settings, pet shops and any multi-dog facilities. CIV is easily transmitted by direct contact, a cough or sneeze, or via contaminated surfaces. Cases have been identified in 31 states including Georgia.

The vaccination protocol includes an initial vaccine with a second booster given 2-4 weeks later. The vaccine should be given to healthy dogs, 8 weeks of age or older and is boosted for at risk dogs to provide comprehensive protection.

Our hospital is committed to providing your dog the most comprehensive care in the industry. According to the guidelines set forth by the AVMA, we are recommending this vaccine for all patients who fall into the categories listed above.

Furthermore, effective immediately we are making this vaccine mandatory for patients who currently visit our boarding facility, bath and grooming services, visit dog parks, or those that day board for various diagnostic treatments or tests.

Note: The vaccine will greatly reduce the severity of symptoms and shorten the shedding interval i.e. vaccinated dogs that become infected have less illness and are not as contagious to other dogs. For more information please visit the following links:

www.cdc.gov
www.doginfluenza.com
www.avma.org

If you have any additional questions please call our office today.