By now you may have heard that there have been many cases of Canine Influenza confirmed in the greater Philadelphia region. Philadelphia Animal Hospital is aware of this outbreak, and we are taking steps to reduce transmission, educate clients, and procure vaccines.
Before now, Philadelphia had very little risk of this infection, and therefore the Canine Influenza vaccine has never been a necessary part of the vaccination protocol for pets in the region.
Our friends at the AVMA have put together a handout (see below) of signs and symptoms, as well as what to know about the virus itself. We are encouraging owners to call our office if their furry friends present any of these symptoms such as coughing / hacking or nasal / eye discharge so that we can assist with diagnosing and treatment. If they are presenting these symptoms, please do not bring your pet inside Philadelphia Animal Hospital for an appointment, or as a walk-in. When you arrive, you should call the office line (215-724-5550) , and you will be instructed to stay in your car until your appointment time.
“First and foremost, there is no need to panic. The mortality from the disease is very low…..so be cognizant and aware. This is treatable when caught early, and our staff of incredible doctors and technicians are ready to assist you with medicine to ease your pet’s symptoms as the influenza runs its course.” – Dr. Larry Rebbecchi
For the time being, we are asking only those owners that will be boarding their animals in a kennel or daycare facility in the coming weeks to inquire about vaccine availability. We will require verification of a boarding or daycare reservation to provide your pet with a vaccine appointment. The vaccine is a two part series that includes an initial injection and a booster approximately three weeks later.
As more vaccines become available, we will post updates on our website, Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as via email.
If you have any questions, please call our office at 215-724-5550.
Thank you and stay healthy!