Bandera Veterinary Clinic, p.c.

CANINE FLU

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 UPDATE March 2016
We are still dealing with multiple strains and questionable cross protection by the vaccines.
The disease still seems to be popping up in concentrated  yet isolated areas with the closest to us being in the North Austin/Roundrock area. We have yet to begin vaccinating our own personal dogs and still advise against commingling your dogs in these dog park type venues.
 
UPDATE MAY 2015
 A single case of canine flu has been confirmed in the Houston area. It is in a dog from the Chicago area where the largest concentration of canine flu has been previously reported this year. These current outbreaks are of a different strain than in the past(H3N2 vs H3N8) and it is not known if the current vaccine will cross protect.   Our best current advice is to avoid common areas i.e. dog parks,groomers, etc. in areas where the disease is active. (Chicago)
 
UPDATE FEBUARY 2012 and AUGUST 2013
No significant number of confirmed cases around the state. We would  still recommend getting the vaccine if you intend to board or go to dog parks in any of the metro areas.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 2011
We are still getting a few reports of flu out of the city practices,many of the grooming and boarding facilities are requiring vaccines for the holidays . Please check with the facility you are using and call us to schedule an appointment.
UPDATE 9-28-2011
Better conformation of canine flu cases have come in from San Antonio. So, do to our proximity, we have decided to stock the vaccine so we can  offer it  to any of our clients who feels their exposure warrants it.

9-22-2011
FLU STATEMENT
Currently we feel the press statement using the term pandemic is greatly exaggerated.
It is believed all the affected dogs have had kennel or large dog group exposures.
It is also believed that dogs can shed the virus(be infective) 2 days before they show symptoms.
Many dogs get coughs and for varied reasons. Less than 8% of all "flu dogs" develop serious symptoms like pneumonia. The doctors at Bandera Vet. Clinic have not yet decided to vaccinate their own dogs and we are not at this time planning on stocking the vaccine. This could change. We are staying in contact with area and state wide veterinarians as to the extent of the disease and benefit/risk of the vaccine.