Canine Influenza Vaccine
Most dog owners have heard of Canine Influenza Virus, or CIV. It is a relatively new, highly contagious virus that we have recommended vaccinating for if your dog is at risk. At risk dogs are those that are exposed to boarding facilities, grooming or daycare facilities, dog parks, dog shows and the like.
We have closely monitored the spread and scope of this disease over the last 10 years. While Statesville has yet to have a positive case of influenza, it has been reported in Asheville, Wilmington, Charlotte, and as close as Davidson. Most concerning is the fact that the outbreaks are becoming more common and more widespread. A recent outbreak in northern California reported 526 positive cases - and these were just the dogs that were tested. I have a colleague in the area who reported that several kennels had to close to stop the spread of the disease. There was one kennel, though, who already required the vaccine in order to board, and they reported no illness.
With these facts in mind, we have determined that we will now require the Bivalent Influenza vaccine for all dogs using our kennel, daycare or grooming facility. This vaccine protects again both known strains of CIV. The vaccine is a two-shot series given 2-6 weeks apart. It then takes another 2 weeks for the body to develop immunity. A yearly booster is required thereafter. This new requirement went into effect March 1, 2019. This means that if your pet did not complete the series by that date, your pet will not be able to use boarding, daycare or grooming facilities until such time as the vaccine series is complete - a time period of at least 4 weeks. If you do not booster the first vaccine in the series within the 6-week time frame, the two-vaccine series will then need to be repeated, delaying your ability to board your pets. Many of our boarders have already added the Bivalent Influenza vaccine to their pets' core vaccination protocol. For those pets, no additional vaccine will be necessary, as long as the vaccine is kept current annually. Others of you will just need to add it to your pets' annual or semi-annual wellness visits.
Unfortunately, this disease continues to spread, and we are convinced that, at some point, it will make its way to Statesville. It all comes down to trying to provide a healthy environment for all of our boarding, daycare and grooming dogs.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us for more information.