Canine Flu Vaccine

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Get your pet vaccinated for the flu today!

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory virus that has been diagnosed in the Green Bay Area. There are two strains found in dogs; H3N8 and H3N2.

There are vaccines available to help protect against this virus. Riverside Animal Hospital is recommending the influenza vaccines for any dogs that go to daycare, grooming, boarding, or dog parks. Some facilities may be requiring this vaccine.

We are currently offering 25% off our normal price for the vaccine series. The series is done with two boosters done 2-3 weeks apart. Each set of vaccines will cost $38. (Total $78 for series.)

Please call (920)-336-5090 to arrange a visit for your pet to get the vaccines-no office exam needed!

Flu Update from July 2015:
We have received numerous phone calls concerning the recent outbreak of canine influenza in parts of the U.S.

We are providing information to you that we have received from the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association. At this point, there has been one confirmed case in Wisconsin,

Signs of this illness in dogs are cough, runny nose, and fever. However, a small percentage of dogs can develop serious diseases such as pneumonia.

Canine influenza is transmitted via airborne nasal and eye discharge as well as contaminated objects such as bowls, toys, collars, leashes, etc.

The vaccine is not recommend for every dog. It is intended for the protection of dogs at risk for exposure which include those that either participate in activities with many other dogs or are housed in communal facilities particularity where the virus is prevalent. 

The vaccine that is currently available for canine influenza is a different strain than the one identified in the recent outbreak. At this time it is not known if it will provide protection for the new strain. The current recommendation is to use this vaccine for high risk dogs as it is thought to decrease the severity of the clinical signs and shorten the duration of the disease as well as possibly provide protection against the new strain.

If you have any further questions or feel your dog is at high risk for exposure, please contact us and we can discuss if the vaccine is appropriate for your pet.