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New vaccine for H3N2 canine influenza
"Based on experimental studies in Asia and the rate of spread we've observed, I would estimate that H3N2 produces 10 times more virus than H3N8, which makes it far more contagious," Dubovi says. In addition, the H3N2 virus may be shed for up to 24 days, far longer than H3N8. As a result, it can spread very rapidly.
"Preventing the transmission of the disease through vaccination is highly recommended for those dogs that are at greater risk," Dubovi says. This includes dogs that spend time at doggie daycare, boarding facilities, dog parks and any other location where dogs commingle.
The vaccine may be given to healthy dogs age 6 weeks and older. It is delivered in two doses spaced a few weeks apart, so owners who plan to put their dogs in kennels for the holidays, and northerners who take their pets south for the winter, should make appointments now.
In addition, “people moving animals ought to try to minimize contact between their pet and other pets at their destination. You shouldn’t take your dog from Chicago to Tucson, Arizona and immediately put him in a doggy daycare,” says Dubovi. Daycare providers and groomers should always ask where a new dog has been, he adds. “Both sides need to act responsibly in situations where we know there will be a large number of animals moving to the south, and vice versa in the spring.”
Symptoms of H3N2 include coughing, runny nose, fever and reduced activity. Owners whose dogs show these signs should contact their veterinarians.
WARNING! While we have considered PEANUT BUTTER completely safe in the past, some now have added Xylitol in it. Xylitol is EXTREMELY dangerous for dogs even in small amounts. Other products such as TOOTHPASTE, SUGARLESS GUM and HONEY also contain Xyltol.. Please read the ingredients before giving anything to your pets.
Although now labeled for pets and sold in major pet stores, ASPIRIN should NOT be given to a dog or cat unless prescribed by a veterinarian. Gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney failure can lead to death from aspirin. Please consult your veterinarian first as there are safer pain drugs available.