On November 13, 2015, Zoetis, Inc. introduced a brand new canine flu vaccine. “The brand new, killed virus vaccine shall be administered in two doses, three weeks aside, to wholesome canine, eight weeks of age or older. Annual re-vaccination is really helpful for max safety. Zoetis expects to start promoting the vaccine to prospects inside the subsequent a number of weeks.” Supply: Zoetis Press Launch
I first discovered in regards to the canine flu vaccine a number of years in the past when individuals had been involved about taking their canine to Chicago (the place there was a large-scale outbreak) or having their canine round canine from Chicago at a running a blog convention.
The beneath is from my Might 2015 weblog put up: How We’re Defending Our Canines from the Canine Flu
Personally, I have never heard a couple of canine flu outbreak the place I stay nor has this vaccination been really helpful to me by our veterinarian because it hit the market.
What’s the Canine Flu?
The canine flu (aka Canine Influenza) is a extremely contagious illness of the respiratory system, and it may possibly result in kennel cough. After I learn this, I shrugged and thought that our canine could be wonderful, as a result of they had been vaccinated for kennel cough. However this virus is a brand new pressure that many canine haven’t been uncovered to earlier than, and it impacts canine of any age or any breed.
What sucks is that the vaccination created for canine influenza isn’t assured to guard in opposition to the flu; not by an extended shot.
How is the Canine Flu Transmitted?
The virus doesn’t stay on exterior the host, so I’m not frightened about taking our canine on a stroll, however I’m frightened about nostril to nostril introductions. The canine flu virus is transmitted when a canine comes into shut contact with a canine contaminated with the virus and thru shared ingesting areas (as a result of it’s additionally within the canine’s saliva). Fortunately, my canine do not go to the canine park or different locations the place they will work together with canine we do not know.
What are the Signs of the Canine Flu?
The signs are similar to what I skilled the final time I had the flu. In case you discover any or all the following signs, contact your vet instantly:
- Coughing and/or sneezing
- Nasal discharge with yellow/inexperienced mucus
- Issue respiratory / speedy respiratory
- No urge for food
How is the Canine Flu Handled?
The canine flu is similar to the individuals flu, which breaks my coronary heart as a result of I used to be depressing for 2 weeks. Due to the similarity, there isn’t a shot or remedy you may give that may make your canine really feel higher. It’s simply essential that we preserve our canine snug and relaxed whereas the virus runs its course. There’s a vaccination to guard our canine from contracting the canine flu, however it doesn’t work for all canine.
Your vet could prescribe a hydration therapy to guard in opposition to dehydration and antibiotics to deal with any secondary infections like pneumonia.
One of the best factor is to maintain your canine quiet and cozy and feed a nutritious diet.
It could actually take as much as 30 days in your canine to get again to his or her outdated self.
Pure Therapy for the canine flu: A buddy of mine despatched me a hyperlink to a pure therapy for the canine flu. Two therapies had been talked about: Phosphorus and Nox Vomica. I haven’t had expertise with both of those. Take a look at the article to be taught extra.
About The Zoetis Canine Flu Vaccine
After I acquired the information of this new canine flu vaccine, I had just a few questions:
- How efficient is the canine flu vaccine?
- What are the unwanted side effects of the vaccine?
- How lengthy does the immunity final?
- Have there been any detrimental reactions that canine homeowners ought to be careful for ought to they get this vaccine?
The solutions I acquired are a bit complicated, and` do not make me assured that it is a protected vaccine for my canine, so I will wait and see. The beneath responses had been acquired through electronic mail on Saturday, November 14, 2015, by B. Carmony, VP of Public Relations for Archer Malmo.
How efficient is the canine flu vaccine?
Canine Influenza Vaccine, H3N2, Killed Virus* ought to be administered in two doses, three weeks aside, to wholesome canine eight weeks of age or older. Immunity is anticipated roughly three weeks after administration of the second dose.
What are the unwanted side effects of the canine flu vaccine?
We are going to gather pharmacovigilance information on this conditionally licensed vaccine over time.
How lengthy does the immunity final?
Really helpful annual revaccination with a single dose. Please go to CIVH3N2.com, which presently gives all the data accessible for this vaccine.
Have there been any detrimental reactions to this vaccine?
Security of this vaccine platform was demonstrated in subject security for the licensed product Vanguard® CIV H3N8. Pharmacovigilance information for Canine Influenza Vaccine, H3N2, Killed Virus shall be carefully monitored. The USDA has granted conditional license for this vaccine primarily based on preliminary passable findings.
A Holistic Vet’s Ideas on the Canine Flu Vaccine
I reached out to Dr. Judy Morgan and she or he acknowledged that it is at all times a guess which pressure of the flu will present up, subsequently, she would not suggest the flu vaccine for our canine until…
- there’s a huge outbreak of the canine influenza in an space,
- we plan to go to an space (with our canine) that’s within the midst of a canine flu outbreak,
- and through our journey, we plan to reveal our canine to different canine on the journey.
“Vaccine corporations undoubtedly love to do the scare techniques to get us to purchase,” Dr. Morgan shares; she predicts that though it is essential to attend and see if the canine influenza returns this 12 months, we’ll see veterinarians, doggy day cares, and boarding amenities making the vaccination a requirement.
Earlier than you will have your canine vaccinated with the flu vaccine, do your homework, discuss to your veterinarian about your canine’s publicity, and any attainable reactions.