Exciting news! The companies who developed the H2N8 flu vaccine have now successfully developed a vaccine effective against H2N3. As this variant has been identified and confirmed as close as Cincinnati, with suspected cases here in Dayton, we have decided to offer this vaccine. While the news media have moved on to other stories, it seems the H2N3 flu virus is here to stay.
The flu vaccine is recommended to those dogs we have typically recommended the bordetella vaccine. Dogs that frequent public dog to dog interaction have greatest risk of infection. Public places include groomers, kennels, doggie daycare, and pet stores.
As with ay vaccine, there is a risk of rare reaction, typically swelling, lethargy or pain at the injection site. Weighing these risks against what seems to be a growing risk of flu infection, we here at Animal MD feel it is time to make this vaccine available to our canine family members. Please call, 937-299-5700, to schedule an appointment for vaccination, or if you have any questions about the vaccine.
Dr Cindy Boller
Animal MD Veterinary Clinic