At present, two strains of canine influenza virus have been identified in the United States: H3N8 and H3N2. The vaccine that we carry covers BOTH strains. Like the flu vaccine in humans, the dog version is not 100% effective, meaning your pet still may contract the disease. We suggest lifestyle evaluations with our veterinarians to determine if your pet should get the vaccine.
SOME FACTS FROM THE AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (AVMA)
Influenza viruses are able to quickly change and give rise to new strains that can infect different species. At some point, these viruses acquired the ability to infect dogs and be transmitted from dog to dog. There is no evidence that either strain of canine influenza (H3N8, H3N2) can infect humans.
Canine H3N8 influenza was first identified in Florida in 2004 in racing greyhounds. It is thought this strain developed from an equine H3N8 influenza strain that jumped from horses to dogs. Since being detected in 2004, canine H3N8 influenza has been identified in dogs in most U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
Canine H3N2 influenza was first identified in the United States in March 2015 following an outbreak of respiratory illness in dogs in the Chicago area. Prior to this, reports of canine H3N2 influenza virus were restricted to South Korea, China and Thailand. It was initially identified in dogs in Asia in 2006-2007 and likely arose through the direct transfer of an avian influenza virus – possibly from among viruses circulating in live bird markets to dogs.
In May 2017, canine H3N2 influenza was diagnosed in dogs in the Southeastern United States, particularly Georgia. This is the same strain of H3N2 involved in the 2015 outbreak in Chicago.
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Sheva was one special girl!!! She was an honorary receptionist for over a decade due to having severe separation anxiety. Many of our clients loved to ask her if she wanted a cookie. Sheva would place her front paws onto the countertop and never disappointed anyone by nodding her head “yes” and enjoying her special treat. One of the receptionists would say, “Sheva, mailman” and would run up to the reception door to get her daily treat from our mail delivery person. Sheva knew that the treatment area was where all the medical action took place. Thoughts of one of the doctors placing a thermometer in her rear or giving an injection was so unpleasant that she would turn her head to avoid looking at the area when passing it to go out to potty. However, when she didn’t feel well, she would willingly go up to a doctor to let them know. She had an uncanny ability to tell time because she knew when her family was driving into the parking lot and waited for them at the reception door. She has jumped the gate into her granddaddy’s arms when he arrived. We would watch her choose the correct Hello Kitty leash, leave with her family, and drive in the convertible into the sunset. We will eternally have a special place in our hearts for Sheva Middlebrooks. Rest in peace sweet girl. We will love you FOREVER.
Say hello to Roxie. This beautiful bird is a cockatoo. Roxie comes to see us every few months to get her nails and wings trimmed. Although, they are not her favorite things to have done while here. She does like all the attention she gets before and after. She will gladly lift a wing to have you give her a scratch. Her owners tell us she is very silly at home. She does say a few things too such as I love you. She will bark like a dog and she likes to ask herself what she’s doing. We enjoy seeing Roxie whether it’s for a trim or to just say hi. She will make you smile when you see her.