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Hello, Penny here.  It has been a little while since I talked to you.  I took some time off to adjust to a new diet.  We’ll talk about food allergies at another time, but today I want to tell you what I’ve been overhearing  around here.  Jeff and Shari are always reminding people that their dogs need to have the Canine Influenza vaccination.  I know that I’ve had it, but I really didn’t know exactly why. 


According to both the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association, any dog considered to be at risk for exposure to influenza virus should be vaccinated against both H3N2 and H3N8 strains.  They call it bivalent.  I remember that I had to get an initial shot and then go back in 3 weeks to get another.  I was so happy to know that next year and from now on I will only have to get 1 shot. 


It is hard to think of any reason why we shouldn’t get vaccinated.  Dogs at greatest risk are those who go to Dog Parks, Doggy Day Care, Training Classes, Boarding Facilities, Groom Shops and any place dogs hang out like Retail Stores, Dog Friendly Patios and Walking Trails.  Yikes, you can even pick it up when your visit the Veterinarian. 


I’m just so happy that my friends at All Kreatures require everyone visiting here to be vaccinated.  The Canine Flu is a lot like the Human Flu in that it is most dangerous for older dogs and young puppies.  Also, like Human Flu, the vaccination does not guarantee that you won’t get the flu.  However, if you do get sick it is likely that you will  not get a serious case.  That is good news and I’m glad we are all protected.


Until next time,  Penny