VCA Herndon-Reston Animal Hospital

Canine Influenza Vaccine

By Diane Gatdula
Published: April 18, 2011

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Canine influenza is a new infectious disease caused by a "flu" virus that has spread across 35 states in the last few years.  In dogs, a highly contagious strain of the influenze A virus know as H3N8 is able to cause respiratory illness, especially in older dogs and in puppies. 

Starting now, the Canine Influenza Vaccine is to be considered a "core" vaccine because of the local exposure and the fact that 100% of our dogs have no immunity against this viral disease.  Just like the human "flu", canine influenza is HIGHLY contagious to only dogs.  Virtually every dog exposed to the virus will become infected if not protected by vaccination.

We are recommending that all of our canine patients get this vaccination and right now we are offering the first of the two-part Canine Influenza vaccine series free of charge until July 1, 2011!

Please call our office to make an appointment to have your dog vaccinated as soon as possible.


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 during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.