Recently, we’ve been receiving questions about dog flu. Pet owners are concerned about stories they had seen or read in the news about outbreaks. In answering their questions, we realized that you may have similar questions and concerns. So, we’re writing to tell you about dog flu, what puts dogs at risk, and what can be done to protect them.
Dog flu is a relatively new disease and can be caused by two different canine influenza virus strains, H3N8 and H3N2. Both strains of dog flu virus cause respiratory disease in dogs. One or both strains have been found in 46 States. Affected dogs may develop coughing, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. The signs of infection are similar to those of other respiratory diseases in dogs. With proper medical attention, most dogs will recover. However, in some cases, dog flu can progress to a more severe or even life-threatening condition, such as pneumonia.
Dog flu is highly contagious, so visiting places where dogs socialize or congregate, such as doggie day cares, dog parks, groomers, boarding facilities, dog shows, place dogs at higher risk. Making the situation even more difficult to control is that dogs can spread the virus before obvious signs of illness appear.
The best way to protect your dog from dog flu is through vaccination. Fortunately, there is a vaccine now available for both dog flu strains. The initial vaccination requires two doses, given 2 to 4 weeks apart. Thereafter, an annual booster is recommended for continued protection. We encourage all dog owners to unite in the effort to stop the spread of this infectious disease. Please contact us at Enter clinic telephone to make an appointment for your pet today.
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Alpine Animal Hospital believes that providing excellent medical care for your animals is a mixture of modern medical science and compassionate care. Our animal clinic offers services such as ultrasounds and in-house blood work, but our clients agree that it is the hospital's great communication that keeps bringing pet owners back. Alpine Animal Hospital makes it a policy to continually call and check up to see how the animal is doing.
Alpine Animal Hospital strives for the best in veterinary care. Our cutting-edge veterinary services are backed by our commitment and compassion to our patients and their families.
Your pet is an important part of your family. We are as devoted to your pet as they are to you. Alpine Animal Hospital believes in compassionate, dedicated, individualized, and quality care for your loved ones.
We believe in:
- Compassion for people and animals
- Dedicated, individualized, quality care
- Respect for clients, their pets, our co-workers
- A clean, safe, attractive environment in which to practice these values
We honor the opportunity to care for your loved ones.
We have a number of resources for you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Browse around and look at our articles and pet videos. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention. If you want to ask a question call (650) 969-8555 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Mountain View Veterinarian Clinic is very easy to get to, and you can find directions on our Contact Us page. You can also subscribe to our newsletter which is created especially for Mountain View pet owners. In between your veterinary visits, your pet will benefit from you reading these free informative articles.
At Alpine Animal Hospital, we treat you pets like the valued family members they are.
Dr. Maryam 0' Hara | Alpine Animal Hospital | (650) 969-8555
W. El Camino Real Mountain View, CA 94040