VCA Northside Animal Hospital
By Julia Newman
Published: October 30, 2009

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Many of our clients have asked about the threat of canine influenza to their dogs. 
The canine influenza virus (H3N8) is believed to have come from the equine influenza A virus. It started causing disease in dogs in 2004, and was recognized as a new emerging disease in dogs in 2005. The majority of dogs exposed to the virus will become infected and get symptoms of coughing, nasal discharge, and fever. In severe cases, dogs can get pneumonia. A small percentage of dogs will die from the disease. There have been no known cases of people getting sick from this virus.
 
As a respiratory virus, it is spread from dog to dog by contact with respiratory secretions, contaminated objects, and contaminated people. Dogs are at risk of infection if they are in contact with other dogs or with people or surfaces that are in contact with potentially infected dogs.
 
There is a new vaccine for canine influenza that has been conditionally approved. It is given as a series of two injections, 3-4 weeks apart. The vaccine has been shown to be safe and to reduce the severity and duration of disease in dogs. In general, we recommend vaccination for those dogs that get the Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccine, as the risk factors for the two diseases are similar.

Please schedule an appointment today with one of our VCA veterinarians to discuss this emerging threat to your dog.

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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, call Valley Central Emergency Veterinary Hospital at 610-435-5588.  They are located at 210 Fullerton Avenue, Whitehall, Pa.  18052.

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