How Can I Protect My Dog
from Catching Dog Flu?

Vaccination Is Key

Dog Flu, or canine influenza virus, is a relatively new disease. This means it's very contagious because most dogs have not yet built up immunity. It's a respiratory infection that can be spread among dogs by coughing, sneezing, or nasal discharge.

Even if a dog isn't showing clinical signs of Dog Flu, the disease can spread simply by social contact such as nuzzling or licking. Dog Flu has been detected in nearly every state in the United States.

That's why it's so important that pet owners have their dogs vaccinated annually. The canine influenza vaccine can be easily administered in the same veterinary visit as your dog's Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccination.

Ask your pet's veterinarian about
NobivacĀ® Canine Flu Bivalent.

Vaccinating your dog with Nobivac is a safe and effective
way to protect against both strains of Dog Flu virus. A flu
vaccine is especially recommended for dogs who are at
higher risk because they're social with other dogs in places

  • Boarding facilities
  • Doggie daycares
  • Agility competitions
  • Dog shows
  • Groomers

The first dose of the vaccine is administered under your
dog's skin and is followed by a booster 2-4 weeks
later. After this first set of vaccinations, your dog should
be revaccinated annually to stay immunized.2. The vaccine
is safe to use on dogs 7 weeks of age or older.

When outbreaks strikeā€¦

When outbreaks strike, disinfection is key. Even if you're not sure whether you've had contact with an infected dog, these steps are important to follow after any interaction with other dogs.


Clean your clothes after
contact with an infected dog, as germs can be active on clothes for up to 24 hours.


After contact with dogs,
wash your hands with soap
and water or use an
alcohol-based sanitizer.


Clean surfaces touched by
dogs, whether your own or
those at your pet care facility,
and follow the rules of

As a dog owner, you can protect your pet during an outbreak by avoiding:

  • Doggie daycares
  • Kennels and shelters
  • Dog parks
  • Dog-racing facilities
  • Dog shows
  • Pet stores

Learn if your area is at
risk for an outbreak.


Dog facilities you can trust

Did you know? 1 in 4 pet care facilities requires a Dog Flu
vaccination before accepting dogs2.

Before boarding your dog at a daycare facility or kennel,
make sure the facility prioritizes cleanliness and has a
plan in place if Dog Flu strikes.

1. Data on file, Merck Animal Health.

2. AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines (Revised 2017)( Accessed Nov 11, 2020.


Read common questions about Dog Flu strains, spread and vaccinations.

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