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As you may of you have heard in the news and online, there has been an outbreak of canine influenza in the Bay Area. The doctors at the Fairfax Veterinary Clinic have been monitoring this situation closely, and feel as though it is now appropriate to make this vaccine available to our patients.
There has been a lot of information, and unfortunately some misinformation, surrounding this outbreak. The American Veterinary Medical Association has an excellent article with accurate background information.
To summarize, dogs most at risk are “social dogs”- they might go to a dog park, or have a playgroup. Perhaps you bring your dog with you when you drop your children off at school or when you go to the store or run errands. If you bring your dog to areas where many other dogs visit, there could be a risk of spread of the virus should the outbreak migrate up to Marin. And keep in mind that Canine Influenza can be spread indirectly via fomites (e.g. kennels, food and water bowls, play toys, collars or leashes) or people that have been in contact with infected dogs. This means that your dog could become infected even if she/he doesn’t come in direct contact with another dog that has the virus.
We realize that the choice to vaccinate or not vaccinate is a personal one and we are here to provide you with information regarding the disease so that you feel you are making an informed decision as to what is best for your pet.
If you would like your dog to receive the vaccination, please call us at 415-454-8204 or email us at [email protected] to make an appointment. The protocol for the H3N2/H3N8 flu vaccine is a total of 2 injections administered 3-4 weeks apart. The cost of the each injection is $34. Additionally, we always perform a comprehensive physical exam for any patient receiving a vaccination. However, due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding this outbreak situation, we will offer that examination and office visit for 50% off ($25.50) provided your dog has been examined by us within the past 12 months. Of course, if there are any other concerns, or preventive care services that need to be addressed, that can all be discussed during the same appointment.
The H3N2 Influenza Virus outbreak in Northern California (437 cases) and Nevada (194 cases) continued to expand dynamically since the last update: The case load increased to 631, and this number only tallies those cases that have undergone testing through just 1 reference laboratory.
Expansion is occurring into the following directions:
The Doctors, Techs and Front Desk staff are always friendly, professional, very knowledgeable and treat my dogs with the utmost care. Their compassion and love of animals always shows forth and I would never take my dogs anyplace else for routine care. I even have the staff cut my dogs nails. I highly recommend Fairfax Veterinary Clinic.