H3N2 Outbreak in Oakland California
Recently, we’ve been receiving questions about dog flu. Pet owners are concerned about stories they had seen or read in the news about outbreaks. In answering their questions, we realized that you may have similar questions and concerns. So, we’re writing to tell you about dog flu, what puts dogs at risk, and what can be done to protect them.
Dog flu is a relatively new disease and can be caused by two different canine influenza virus strains, H3N8 and H3N2. Both strains of dog flu virus cause respiratory disease in dogs. One or both strains have been found in 46 States. Affected dogs may develop coughing, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. The signs of infection are similar to those of other respiratory diseases in dogs. With proper medical attention, most dogs will recover. However, in some cases, dog flu can progress to a more severe or even life-threatening condition, such as pneumonia.
Dog flu is highly contagious, so visiting places where dogs socialize or congregate, such as doggie day cares, dog parks, groomers, boarding facilities, dog shows, place dogs at higher risk. Making the situation even more difficult to control is that dogs can spread the virus before obvious signs of illness appear.
The best way to protect your dog from dog flu is through vaccination. Fortunately, there is a vaccine now available for both dog flu strains. The initial vaccination requires two doses, given 2 to 4 weeks apart. Thereafter, an annual booster is recommended for continued protection. We encourage all dog owners to unite in the effort to stop the spread of this infectious disease. Please contact us at Enter clinic telephone to make an appointment for your pet today.
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If you live in Santa Cruz or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Your pets’ health and well-being are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.
Ocean Animal Clinic and The Cat Clinic of Santa Cruz are full-service animal hospitals and welcome both urgent care cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. The Cat Clinic of Santa Cruz offers a secure area where your cat is not confronted by dogs or other critters. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our veterinary clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Santa Cruz veterinarian.
We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call 1-831-429-5100 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Santa Cruz veterinarian office is very easy to get to -- and you can find directions on our Contact Us page! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for Santa Cruz pet owners.
At Ocean Animal Clinic and The Cat Clinic of Santa Cruz, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.
Dr. George Hall, DVM | Ocean Animal Clinic | 1-831-429-5100
404 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The Cat Clinic of Santa Cruz | 1-831-429-1655
Santa Cruz, CA 95060