Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital highly recommends that all dogs boarding or grooming at our facility have the Canine Influenza vaccination. We wish to be proactive against this disease and protect your dog while boarding at our hospital.

Canine Influenza is a highly contagious “flu” like virus – 100% of non-vaccinated dogs are susceptible to the virus. Since 2003, several outbreaks have been reported in the United States, including Colorado. Recently, we have had increased reports of upper respiratory diseases in Mesa County, Colorado. This disease is transmitted through direct contact, through the air, and via contaminated surfaces. At the time dogs are most contagious, they often have no symptoms. Dogs most at risk include dogs that come into contact with other dogs at places such as parks, grooming facilities, dog events, and boarding facilities. Even walking your dog in your neighborhood can place your dog at risk. Symptoms are similar to kennel cough, including coughing, fever, lack of energy, loss of appetite and nasal discharge. Symptoms are usually mild, but can become quite serious for some dogs. More severe signs can include high fever and pneumonia.

The Canine Influenza vaccine is a yearly vaccine. The first time it is given, it needs to be boostered one additional time in 3 weeks. To be most effective, dogs need to have had the booster vaccine at least 1 week prior to boarding or grooming.

If you have any questions about Canine Influenza, please ask us.