What’s a Pet Owner to Do About the Canine Flu?

Canine flu is a serious threat to dog health.You have likely been hearing rumblings about canine influenza in the area. While the canine flu isn’t a new disease, we have recently seen an uptick in cases in the Massachusetts area. So what is this dog flu? Do you need to worry? And more importantly, what can you do to protect your pet? Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital is happy to answer all your questions.

Facts about Canine Flu

While the dog flu has been around for about 15 years at this point, it is relatively new in the grand scheme of canine infectious diseases.

It first made its appearance on the greyhound racetracks in 2004, but was rather isolated and not a concern to the general public. In 2015, however, a new and second strain of canine flu appeared in the Midwest. This H3N2 strain of canine influenza became the culprit behind many outbreaks of kennel cough throughout the country. Continue…

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Dog Flu: The Canine Influenza Vaccine

dog lying on bed with cannula in vein taking infusionMany of you probably get vaccinated for the flu each year, but did you know that there is a flu shot for dogs, too? While the flu that affects people and canine influenza share the same name, they are actually not the same virus. Canine influenza only affects dogs and can be a very serious disease, yet few pet owners know it even exists. Continue…