We have been receiving a lot of calls and questions about recent media coverage of “dog flu” (Canine Influenza) outbreaks in Michigan. Canine Influenza has been around for a few years, but only recently have there been a significant number of confirmed cases in Michigan, including West Michigan.
Like human influenza, canine influenza is not a disease to take lightly. It can be very serious for the young, old and the immune-compromised. Also like human influenza, canine influenza is highly contagious. Dogs that are social visiting dog parks, grooming facilities, dog day cares and boarding facilities are at the highest risk of becoming infected and transmitting the disease to others.
The best protection for your dog is vaccinating. The initial vaccination requires two doses, 2 to 4 weeks apart, followed by an annual booster.
We are recommending that all dogs be vaccinated against canine influenza. Beginning Monday, August 6th we will be requiring all dogs who participate in daycare, boarding, grooming or are having surgery to receive the vaccine.