VCA Wickaboag Animal Hospital

Canine Influenza Vaccination

By Robert King, DVM
Published: April 05, 2011

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Most everyone who owns a dog has heard of kennel cough (canine infectious tracheo-bronchitis). Many haven't heard of Canine Influenza (canine flu, CIV).

Canine flu is similar to "kennel cough," but can be much more serious and even
life threatening.

Dog owners who have dogs with a life style conducive to contracting canine flu should have their dog(s) vaccinated as soon as possible as protection against the disease takes at least one month following the initial vaccine to gain protection (provided the follow-up second dose is given two weeks after the first vaccine).

The following dogs are at risk for contracting canine flu:

  • Dogs that have traveled with their owners
  • Dogs that board
  • Dogs that go to obedience classes or dog shows

It is for these reasons that we require your dog be up to date with the canine flu vaccination in order to board or groom at our facilities.

If you have questions regarding canine flu, do not hesitate to contact us via phone or e-mail.


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.

Find a VCA Specialty Care Animal Hospital near you:


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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately.

If it is after or before our normal business hours please call one of the hospitals below.

 VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital 413-783-1203 

1235 Boston Road Springfield, Ma.

Tufts University Foster Hospital for Small Animals 508-887-4623

 55 Williard St North Grafton MA