Recently, a more virulent stain of canine influenza has invaded our central Illinois population of pets. This form or strain of the virus is known as the H3N2 canine flu virus.
The H3N2 has been diagnosed not only in canines but also in a limited number of felines.
Because H3N2 causes severe vomiting and respiratory distress we are now requiring that all of our canine friends who might be staying with us this summer while their human family members are away on vacation be vaccinated for H3N2 canine influenza virus.
Additionally while there is no need for panic, we wish for pet owners to know that we are prepared to vaccinate your pet for protection against this disease if you ask. The vaccine is newly released. Healthy dogs eight weeks of age or older should be administered two doses three weeks apart. If you have questions, please phone Morgan to ask Dr. Stubblefield.