Nonprofit Animal Clinic Encourages Owners to Protect Pets from New Strain of Disease
ORANGE PARK, Fla. – (June 6, 2017) — Clay Humane, a nonprofit animal clinic located in Orange Park, is offering a canine influenza vaccination clinic on June 9 and 10 to encourage families with dogs to protect their pets against a new strain of canine influenza spreading in Florida.
“H3N2 canine influenza has arrived in Florida. It is a strain of flu our dogs have never encountered before. Almost all dogs exposed to this virus will be infected,” said Dr. Christian Broadhurst, senior staff veterinarian at Clay Humane. “Just like the human version of he flu, the virus is very dangerous for the very young, the very old and the ill. It is vital pet owners protect all dogs from this strain of the flu, so we are offering a Canine Influenza Vaccine Clinic at Clay Humane.”
The Clay Humane Canine Influenza Vaccine Clinic runs Friday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The immunization comes as a two-part series, so dogs will need to return for a second round of vaccines two weeks after the clinic. Dog owners can make an appointment for the second vaccination when their dog receives the first vaccine.
A $50 fee covers both rounds of vaccinations against two strains of canine influenza virus, including H3N2. Clay Humane requires all dogs participating in the vaccine clinic have written proof of a current rabies vaccination or Clay Humane will administer a rabies vaccination for an additional charge. Dogs must be at least 7 weeks of age to receive the flu vaccine.
H3N2 is highly contagious and sheds from infected dogs for up to 24 days. Dogs who are around other canines are susceptible to the disease, especially in places like dog parks, boarding facilities, doggie daycares and places dogs congregate. H3N2 spreads when a dog comes into contact with a infected dog through sniffing, licking, nuzzling or breathing air where an infected dog has been coughing, barking or sneezing. The virus is also spread through contact with contaminated objects such as dog bowls and clothing.
To prevent the spread of canine influenza, vaccinate your dog and wash your hands with soap and water or disinfect them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after contact with any dogs. If your dog is coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease, avoid participating in activities with other dogs.
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog has symptoms of the flu such as coughing, discharge from the nose or eyes, loss of appetite or lack of energy.
For more information about canine influenza virus, visit www.clayhumane.org or call us at 904.276.7729.
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About Clay Humane
Clay Humane is a nonprofit animal welfare organization offering spay / neuter surgeries and other veterinary care at substantially reduced rates. Located in Orange Park, Fla., the clinic also offers humane education, pet behavioral counseling, pet therapy, wildlife protection and disaster preparation and response. Established in 1978, Clay Humane relies on grants, donations and fundraisers to operate and is committed to providing care to animals throughout Florida’s First Coast. For more information about Clay Humane, please visit www.clayhumane.org.