Canine Influenza

Canine Influenza Treatment in Ellisville, MO

Canine influenza is a respiratory disease that can cause coughing, runny nose, watery eyes, lethargy, and loss of appetite.   The signs of infection are similar to those of other respiratory diseases in dogs, but the coughing caused by canine influenza can last for several weeks.  With proper care, most dogs generally recover from this disease.  However, canine influenza can lead to more severe or even life-threatening infections such as pneumonia and has been fatal in up to 8% of cases.

Because a relatively new virus causes canine influenza, dogs have no natural immunity to it.  And since it's highly contagious, visiting places where dogs congregate, such as kennels, doggie daycares, dog parks, or groomers, puts dogs at higher risk for catching this new virus.  Making things more difficult is the fact that dogs can spread the virus before coughing and other signs of sickness appear.

If your dog is displaying any of these symptoms, call Tri-City Animal & Bird Clinic at (636) 355-8565 or reach out online today.

The Importance of the Canine Influenza Vaccination 

The best way to protect your dog from canine influenza is through vaccination.  Like the human flu vaccine, the new canine influenza vaccine doesn't completely prevent infection, but it can dramatically reduce the severity of the disease.  The vaccine also significantly reduces the amount of virus that dogs shed, minimizing the spread to other dogs. 

We recommend vaccinating dogs against canine influenza.  To give your dog complete protection, the initial vaccination requires two doses given 2 to 4 weeks apart, followed by a single booster dose given annually.  

Please call us at (636) 355-8565 to discuss any questions you might have or if would like to schedule your dog to receive this vaccination.

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  • Tri-city has a great team of doctors and technicians that truly care about the health of your animals and understand that a pet is part of the family. We appreciate their expertise, professionalism, and that they go the extra mile to connect with our pets.
  • I've been visiting Tri-City since 2019 for my small animals - namely domestic rats - and have nothing but praise for it's doctors. They have helped me with everything from chronic illness treatments to end of life care, and have a wonderful staff with experience in small animal handling. If you're looking for a cozy, wonderful vet for your rat/guinea/other exotic pet, then this is the place.
  • This has been our family vet for 23 years. We have seen many of the different vets on staff. They all have been friendly, knowledgeable, and compassionate, including the support staff. They even made a house call when our dog was too sick to make the trip. They offer grooming and have a full pharmacy.

  • Tri-City recently figured out a really difficult health issue affecting my pug. Looking for a vet that has all the answers. Stop looking. This is where you want to take your best friend.

  • This place is awesome, vet techs are professional, everyone is nice, Dr. King is incredible with animals. My dog has pretty bad anxiety and she always get down on the floor and makes them feel so comfortable. Prices are reasonable, and they offer online medical history now which is awesome.

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