Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northern Virginia
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While I was on vacation last week, I heard that there was an outbreak of canine influenza in Maryland (Montgomery County), which had spread to Northern Virginia. At least 2 dogs in Maryland have died. Thankfully, Maccabee, who has not been immunized against influenza, was not boarding in Northern Virginia, but was safe with his birth famly (Starborn Havanese -- Tom and Pam King) in North Carolina.
I received an email from my vet which recomended most dogs get immunized. I spoke with the vet and due to Maccabee's history he recommended that rather than immunize him, we keep him away from "dog intensive activities" until this blows over. In our case that means no dog park.
I just wanted to mention this in case anyone plans to board their dogs, take them to doggy daycare, shows, dog parks, etc. You may want to check with your vet and try to find out if canine influenza is active in your area and if your dogs should be immunized.
Starborn Light My Fire (Maccabee)