Canine Flu - H3N2 & H3N8 Canine Flu

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What is the Canine Flu?

The Canine Flu is the H3N2 and the H3N8 virus which is responsible for the deaths of many humans as well as dogs across the United States.  It has not been transferred from a dog to a human nor from a human to a dog (not zoonotic).


Is the Canine Flu a problem in Southern California?

The Canine Flu is present is the contiguous 48 United States.  A recent outbreak occurred in Northern California and spread as far South as Los Angeles.


How could this affect my dog?

Over 200,000 rescue dogs were recently flown into California from other states which were impacted by storms.  These dogs arrived with a number of diseases, including the Canine Flu.  In addition, traveling with pets on airplanes or road trips throughout the United States has become more popular than ever.  As those pets become exposed to areas or other pets that have been exposed to the Canine Flu, the Canine Flu will travel back to San Diego with them.  These pets are likely to be taken to a groomer, boarding facility, beach, dog park, walks around your neighborhood which significantly increase the risk to your dog since the flu is contagious before symptoms arise.


NOTE:  Informed boarding facilities and groomers are now REQUIRING the Canine Flu Bivalent for pets entering those facilities.


What happens if my dog contracts the Canine Flu?

Any dog that has a confirmed diagnosis of the Canine Flu will be quarantined for approximately 28 days.  The dog will become very sick and could very possibly die.  The cost of a hospital quarantine and treatment could range from $7,000.00 to $12,000.00 with no guarantee that the dog will recover or survive.  Dogs with Canine Flu are contagious before they exhibit symptoms. Canine Flu in San Diego

How Can I Protect My Dog From the Canine Flu?

A simple vaccination.  The H3N2/H3N8 bivalent is a vaccine that combines protection for both strains of the canine flu.  An initial vaccination is administered, followed by a booster in 4 weeks, then annually thereafter.  Problem solved!

What is the cost of the Canine Flu Vaccination?

At Shots For Pets clinics, the total cost to vaccinate for the Canine Flu Bivalent (H3N2 & H3N8) is $35 for the initial vaccination, $35 for the booster in 4 weeks, then $35 annually thereafter.