Why Canine Influenza Vaccine

As of recent more and more dog boarders are starting to request that dogs have their canine influenza vaccine, but exactly why? Well, canine influenza, or CI, is a highly contagious viral infection, which is mainly seen in dogs. CI is transmitted through droplets from coughing, barking, and sneezing. CI can also be spread indirectly through shared feeding or drinking bowls, collars, or leashes. Because of CI’s fast and invisible transmission between dogs, this infection is easily contracted and shared between pets, making the vaccine highly suggested by vets and other pet health professionals. But what does the Canine Influenza vaccine do? Similar to human vaccines, the CI vaccine is not going to stop your dog from ever contracting CI, but make the symptoms and severity of the illness less harmful and long-lasting. This allows you if in serious condition, to check in with a vet to ensure your pet’s health and that they aren’t in clinical condition. And this doesn’t just stop with dogs. CI can spread to cats too, causing respiratory complications, fever, and eating inconsistencies. Because of this, CI vaccines for both your canine and feline friends are often recommended or required for most boarding shelters. As always, be sure to check with your Vet for specific recommendations for your pets. For more information, visit the AVMA website: https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/canine-influenza

Clara Brown, Junior Board Member