How Can I Protect My Dog
from Catching Dog Flu?

Vaccination Is Key

Dog Flu is a relatively new disease which means it is very contagious as most dogs have not yet built up immunity. That's why it's so important to have your dog vaccinated annually. The vaccine can be easily administered in the same veterinary visit as your dog's Bordetella vaccination.

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

Nobivac Canine Flu Bivalent is a safe and effective way to protect against
both strains of Dog Flu. It is especially recommended for
dogs that are social with other dogs in places like:

  • 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 to 4 weeks
later. After this first set of vaccinations, your dog should
be revaccinated annually to stay immunized1. The vaccine
is safe to use on dogs 7 weeks of age or older.

When outbreaks strikeā€¦


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

Protect your dog 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. AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines (Revised 2017). Accessed Nov 11, 2020.
2. Data on file, Merck Animal Health.


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

Are you a Professional?

We have tools and tips to help contain the spread of Dog Flu in your facilities.

Locate a Veterinarian

Speak to a pet professional about vaccination and other preventive measures.