Due to the recent outbreak of Canine Influenza in the area, all dogs being boarded and/or groomed at Veterinary Services will be required to have the Canine Influenza vaccine.

Canine Influenza, also called 'Dog Flu,' is a highly contagious respiratory virus that can cause severe disease and even death in extreme cases.

canine-influenzaDog Flu Symptoms

  • Consistent coughing
  • Nasal discharge
  • High fever
  • Lack of appetite
  • Pneumonia (in more severe cases)

If your dog is exhibiting symptoms, call us at (803) 648-5489 or your veterinarian immediately. Please do not participate in activities or bring your pet to facilities where other dogs can be exposed to the virus such as doggie daycare and dog parks. 

Treatment

Dogs showing symptoms are treated as outpatients, to isolate the pet away from other dogs. Treatment usually consists of oral antibiotics, cough suppressants and medications to open the airways. Luckily, with swift and appropriate veterinary care, patients rarely progress to the severe level of the infection and the mortality rate is very low.

Prevention

Call us at (803) 648-5489 to schedule your dog's Canine Influenza vaccination today.