The Best Treatment Approach is Effective Prevention
Prevention of Dog Flu
Diseases caused by viruses like Dog Flu are best prevented by effective vaccination.26 An effective and safe canine influenza vaccine that protects against both strains of Canine Flu (H3N8 and H3N2) is available, Nobivac® Canine Flu Bivalent.
It is recommended that the Dog Flu vaccine be given at the same time as other vaccines that prevent respiratory infections in dogs (like distemper, parainfluenza virus, and Bordetella). Keeping up with the recommended schedule of vaccinations provides the best protection for your dog against respiratory infections.2,26 Dog Flu viruses are also causes of canine cough.
If you board your dog at a kennel or daycare facility, be sure to use reputable businesses that you trust. Make sure that the facility is well-managed and clean, and has a plan for isolating dogs with signs of respiratory illness.
If your dog has had a recent respiratory infection, be sure to keep him or her at home for at least four weeks to allow the dog to recover fully and to minimize the risk of spreading the infection to other dogs.31 Be sure to clean and disinfect clothing, equipment, surfaces and hands after exposure to dogs showing signs of respiratory disease to prevent transmission of infection to susceptible dogs.26 In addition, routine cleaning of your dog’s food and water bowls and toys with soap and water may help prevent the spread of disease.26 Click here to see the label text for Nobivac® Canine Flu Bivalent vaccine.
More pet care facilities are implementing Dog Flu vaccination requirements
A survey showed that 1 in 4 pet care facilities in the US requires a Dog Flu vaccination before accepting dogs.3 The video series below shares why, with pet care facility owners and veterinarians discussing the threats that Dog Flu poses, and what can be done to help.
Part 1: What makes Dog Flu so dangerous. Play Video
Part 2: What to expect if an outbreak strikes. Play Video
Part 3: Managing outbreaks. Play Video
Part 4: Client communication about Dog Flu. Play Video
Part 5: Implementing a Dog Flu vaccination requirement. Play Video
2017 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines
The American Animal Hospital Association has released their new Canine Vaccination Guidelines. The Guidelines state that "Any dog deemed at risk for exposure to influenza virus should be vaccinated against both H3N2 and H3N8 strains."
Lifestyle-Based Vaccine Calculator helps determine the specific vaccine needs of individual dogs. Learn More Here