My Dogs Need To Get Their Flu Shot!
I never realized our dogs could get the dog flu, medically known as canine influenza (CIV), and wanted to learn more about this. CIV is highly contagious and can spread very fast in urban areas, doggie daycares, boarding facilities, dog parks and sporting events. The dog flu can be found all year, but the risk is potentially higher during periods when dogs are together more.
Almost 100% of dogs have no natural immunity to the new H3N2 dog flu strain, which puts all dogs at risk of getting this flu. By the time CIV begins to spread in an area, it may be too late. Prevention is the best approach. Dog owners should speak to their veterinarian about whether the dog flu vaccine should be added to their dog’s vaccination protocol. To learn more, visit www.doginfluenza.com.
Last year – a new strain of the dog flu was found – H3N2 – and it caused numerous outbreaks in 2015, not only impacting dogs and their owners but also causing local business closures and inundating veterinary clinics. With new cases now being diagnosed in 2016, it’s critically important that dog owners have the information they need to protect their pets.
This one and the one above are the newest in our family. They can only stay a short while, but wow would I hate if they became sick! They are only 5 weeks old so once they are old enough to receive a vaccine (6 weeks and older) they can get and stay protected from the flu.
Merck Animal Health launched the multi-city If This Dog Could Talk tour in collaboration with Elias Weiss Freidman, creator of renowned photo-documentary series The Dogist, to raise awareness of the dog flu. The campaign will visit local dog parks in Chicago, Atlanta and Charlotte— three areas of the country affected by canine influenza outbreaks in the last year— to provide a forum for pet owners to get critical information about canine influenza, outbreaks in their area, guidance on how to protect dogs from this highly infectious disease and the importance of prevention.
Attend the If This Dog Could Talk events where pet owners will also have the opportunity to meet and have their dogs photographed by The Dogist, while also learning important canine health information from local veterinarians.
July 23: Lake Shore East Park at 450 E. Benton Place, Chicago, IL 60601
August 13: Freedom Barkway at 523 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
September 24: Frazier Park at 1201 W 4th St. Ext, Charlotte, NC 28202
Those who are unable to attend an event are encouraged to support the campaign to raise awareness of canine influenza by posting photos of their dogs on Twitter using #IfThisDogCouldTalk and tagging @MerckAH. Select photos could also be featured in The Dogist e-book. For updates on local events, visit www.doginfluenza.com/ifthisdougcouldtalk and look out for posts from The Dogist on Facebook and Twitter.
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