At Circle K9, we’re always looking out for the friendly pups we see for boarding and training. As much as we want to see them happy and well-behaved, we also want to see them healthy! For pet owners, this means keeping your furry friend up to date on all vaccines, and starting October 1st, this will include the canine influenza vaccine.
Canine influenza, commonly known as dog flu, is a problem that is sweeping the entire country. The virus, which only made it’s first appearance in 2004, is a respiratory virus that is commonly passed through coughing and sneezing. If exposed, the virus poses a strong probability of infection and dogs carry no natural immunities. In environments like shelters or boarding and training facilities such as ours, the risk is even higher.
Because it is highly infectious in areas with multiple dogs, we will start requiring a canine influenza vaccine for all of our canine visitors. This will protect not only your dog, but all dogs that come to visit us at Circle K9 AND other dogs you and your dog visit within 24 hours.
For a large number of our visitors, our new policy means business as usual – with roughly 75 percent of dogs that come to our Magnolia, Texas facility already having received the canine influenza vaccine.
With over eight weeks until the deadline, those that are affected have plenty of time to contact their vet to schedule their dog’s vaccine. After the initial treatment, your dog will require a booster shot around the three to four week period to make sure your dog is fully protected. After that, it’s just an annual canine influenza vaccine booster to keep your dog safe from the flu-like symptoms that are associated with the virus.
As before, we still require Parvo, DHLP, and Boardatella (with 6 month boosters), and Rabies vaccinations in addition to the canine influenza vaccine.
If you have any questions or are in need of a vet recommendation, please don’t hesitate to ask any of our staff. We are happy to assist you in any way possible.