canine influenzaDear Valued Clients,

Greylock Animal Hospital’s foremost responsibility is to provide your pets with the highest quality of care to ensure their safety and well-being.

With the incidence of canine influenza on the rise, Greylock Animal Hospital will require that all dogs who will be staying with us in the kennel are to be vaccinated against canine influenza as of January 1, 2020.

Canine influenza is a fairly new respiratory disease in the United States, and it's comprised of two different canine influenza virus strains, H3N8 and H3N2.

Dogs suffering from canine influenza may develop similar symptoms to other respiratory diseases such as “kennel cough”, coughing/gagging, sneezing, nasal and eye discharge, fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. With proper medical attention and supportive care, most of these dogs will recover. However, some cases of canine influenza can progress to a more severe or life-threatening condition.

Canine influenza is highly contagious and can spread through direct contact, through the air, and on contaminated surfaces and clothing, just like “kennel cough.”

Dogs that socialize at doggie day cares, dog parks, groomers, kennels, dog shows, or dog athletic events are at the highest risk of contracting this disease.

The best way to protect your dog from canine influenza is through vaccination.

Greylock Animal Hospital keeps the bivalent vaccine (contains both strains) in stock. The initial vaccination requires a series of 2 doses, given 2 to 4 weeks apart. The vaccine is then given annually.

Please contact us at 413-663-5365 to schedule an appointment for your dog today.

Sincerely,

Dr. Heather J. Blake, Chief of Staff, and Mrs. Ashley Gilvey, Practice Manager