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Does Your Dog Need a Flu Shot?

It's that time of year when dog parents are inundated with seasonal warnings for the influenza vaccine. But will it really protect your dog?

canine influenza vaccines


  • Many dog parents are concerned, especially during the colder months of the year, about canine viruses like the flu, and whether their own pet might acquire an infection; while dog flu is highly contagious, most dogs make a complete recovery without medical intervention
  • Unlike many veterinarians who recommend canine influenza vaccines, instead, I recommend keeping your pet’s immune system healthy and reducing opportunities for exposure
  • The canine influenza virus (CIV) is typically transmitted by close contact with an infected dog, often in a restricted space — because infected dogs shed a relatively low amount of the virus, casual contact isn't a huge concern
  • Symptoms include coughing, hacking, or gagging, and laryngitis; treatment is primarily supportive, and there are many natural remedies that can provide symptom relief; in addition, you can take commonsense steps to reduce your dog’s exposure risk

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