Is there a vaccine for canine influenza?

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There is indeed a vaccination to protect your dog from canine influenza. It’s thought that it may not completely prevent infection but if your dog does pick up the virus, their illness will be less severe and it won’t last as long as if they were not vaccinated. Vaccinated dogs also shed fewer virus particles if they become infected with flu so there is less spread of the illness to other dogs.

This vaccine isn’t considered a core vaccine but one that’s given to dogs that are at risk. So, if your pooch is a regular at the dog park or they go to training schools, it’s a good idea. On the other hand, if they’re a homebody and aren’t likely to encounter other dogs, then it’s optional. Chat to your vet about your dog’s individual risk of exposure to the virus and based on their advice, you can decide whether to vaccinate your pup. | 02.18.16 @ 06:36
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