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Dog Health Alert

Beware canine influenza

     A new canine influenza is emerging. A highly contagious strain of the virus known as H3N8 is the cause. This respiratory illness is highly contagious through direct contact and through the air (coughing and sneezing).

         There is currently no specific treatment for canine influenza other than supportive care as this is a virus and must run its course. However, a new vaccine can help reduce its severity. Speak with your veterinarian about whether your dog is a candidate. Dogs that visit groomers, dog parks and doggie day care are candidates for the vaccine.