Canine Influenza in New York City
Because of all the news reports regarding a canine influenza outbreak in New York City, I wanted to take a minute to share my thoughts and perspective:
We have not seen a confirmed case of canine influenza at our practice thus far. However, we continue to see the same number of pets with kennel cough that we have seen throughout the rest of the year. We do not believe that there is enough evidence or cause for concern to vaccinate every pet against canine influenza. The reason for this is that this vaccine does not prevent the disease but simply alleviates the clinical signs. In addition, it is fair to assume that since influenza viruses have a very high capacity for mutation, the vaccine that was developed two to three years ago may not offer protection over time.
Still, if our clients are in need of the canine influenza vaccine for boarding kennel requirements or should they still choose/prefer to vaccinate their pet, we can absolutely provide this vaccine. For canine influenza, the protocol is that we give two vaccines two weeks apart.