Allenwood Animal Hospital

K-9 Influenza Alert

By Kirsten Cianci, VMD
Published: December 01, 2009

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As you may have seen on the news or read in the newspaper, there is an emerging threat to our dogs from a virus called canine influenza. While this virus has been around for a few years, it has only recently been identified in our area. This respiratory virus is highly contagious and can be spread not only by contact with infected dogs, but also by contact with contaminated objects or by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. Dogs at highest risk are those that are around other dogs, including boarding, grooming, day care, dog parks, dog shows, or training centers.

About 80% of dogs that are exposed to canine flu virus will become infected. Common signs include runny nose, coughing, and fever. A small proportion of dogs will develop pneumonia and can become critically ill, requiring more intensive treatment.

Fortunately, a new vaccine is available to help reduce the risk of severe illness. Please call to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians to discuss protection for your dog from this potential threat.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately.  If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care facilities:

Garden State Veterinary Specialists 732-922-0011 

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital 732-747-3636