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Dog Flu vaccination

Has anyone done this? I saw on the news last night about a dog flu outbreak:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/veterin...8#.TsVDomChCmc

we were going to take Gucci to NYC with us in a few weeks for the weekend and after seeing that, DH wants to get her a flu vaccine before we go. Flu shots for dogs? ..I didn't even know they could get the flu, this H3N8 is news to me itself.

So, has anyone vaccinated their Hav against the flu, and if so, were there any side effects? I'm off to research it a bit now..

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Interesting. I am not very mainstream in my thinking about vaccinations and one vaccination that I do not get either for myself or my daughter is the flu vaccine. I figure, if either of us were old or sickly, then I would (meaning nothing against people taking the vaccine who need it!), but since we are not, I'd rather actually get the flu every other year or so, be sick for a few days, and bolster my immune system naturally. Of course when it comes to vaccinations such as tetanus or polio, both my daughter and myself are fully vaccinated...
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Hi Kara , here's something on it. http://www.pawnation.com/2009/08/27/...-need-to-know/

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Thanks, Dave. That's the direction I've leaned in the last couple of years, but I'm glad to learn that it is as I'd guessed. Even though Kodi IS regularly at shows, he has very little (really no) direct, nose-to-nose contact with other dogs. He is either in his crate, with a cloth over the front, or actually working, so he's looking at me, not snuffing around on the floor. I also make sure he ONLY drinks from his own water dish, and I either bring water from home or he drinks bottled water when we are away from home.

And we don't do dog parks for many reasons, including the spread of disease.


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Flu Shot

Beau just received the canine flu vaccination last week. He must go back for the 2nd of 2 shots next week. I generally don't jump for joy about vaccinations; but, I trust our vet. We talked about the fact that Beau has frequent encounters with other dogs -- day care 1-2 times a week and he thinks every dog was put on earth to play with him!! She said that there has been an outbreak of canine flu in the last few weeks in Philadelphia (a mere 8-10 miles away). And, as she said, most dogs who get the flu survive it just fine, but some dogs die of the flu every year.

And so, I took her advice and okay'd the shot(s). Well, the first shot was a week ago, and Beau hasn't had any negative effects at all (except that he never enjoys the shot itself).

Each one of us has to do for our loved ones as we feel it is best. If you don't trust your vet, go find another one you can trust! At the same time, question, question, question!!!
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Thanks for the input, I think we probably will get her the flu shot, she is in contact with a few dogs on a regular basis who are in contact with MANY dogs on a regular basis, so that leans me towards yes. I didn't realize it was a 2 series, but I'm glad little side effects.

If I get the flu, I'm down for more than a few days.. so i just get the shot every year and this year's was a tough one, sleepy for 2 days and everyone I know that got it said their arm was super sore. Indeed!

Good article, Dave!

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Thanks for the input, I think we probably will get her the flu shot, she is in contact with a few dogs on a regular basis who are in contact with MANY dogs on a regular basis, so that leans me towards yes. I didn't realize it was a 2 series, but I'm glad little side effects.

If I get the flu, I'm down for more than a few days.. so i just get the shot every year and this year's was a tough one, sleepy for 2 days and everyone I know that got it said their arm was super sore. Indeed!

Good article, Dave!

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That is so odd, I got my flu shot early and was neither sleepy nor sore...guess it is different for everyone.
Let us know if you get the shot for Gucci, how she does, etc...thanks!!

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Thanks for the input, I think we probably will get her the flu shot, she is in contact with a few dogs on a regular basis who are in contact with MANY dogs on a regular basis, so that leans me towards yes. I didn't realize it was a 2 series, but I'm glad little side effects.

If I get the flu, I'm down for more than a few days.. so i just get the shot every year and this year's was a tough one, sleepy for 2 days and everyone I know that got it said their arm was super sore. Indeed!

Good article, Dave!

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Yeah, but you are another one with RA, aren't you, Kara? I know that because of the meds I'm on for my RA (all of which lower the immune system) my Rheumatologist is on me by Sept. to get my shot! This year, I had an appointement with him in early Oct. and hadn't had it yet, and he sent me right doen the hall at the hopsital to get it then and there. So I don't think it's the same for us as it is for the "general" population.

And I got my two college-age sons to get it too. With the real flu, (as opposed to a bad cold that people often CALL "the flu") people are really down and out for a lot more than a few days. It can mean a week or more in bed. In college, a week out of school (heaven forbid it's longer!) can torpedo a whole semester. They (and we!!!) just can't afford that.

But I still am not planning on getting Kodi a flu shot. I just don't think his exposure is that high. He doesn't go to day care, doesn't hang out with dogs who do, and when I have to board him, he stays with my groomer, in her home, with her 3 dogs who also don't go to day care or hang with dogs who do.


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That is so odd, I got my flu shot early and was neither sleepy nor sore...guess it is different for everyone.
Let us know if you get the shot for Gucci, how she does, etc...thanks!!
Yeah, I was fine after mine too.


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I remember seeing a pamphlet at work about this canine flu shot. Doc told me my boys would be okay,but if they were in contact with many other dogs or boarded frequently then that would be different. I trust my vet though and have a great relationship with him,as he is the best boss I've ever had.

At our house,we all get flu shots because of Robbie. My arm was sore,but nothing unusual.


With any vaccine.......just talk to your vet and watch them closely for any side effects. We had a dog that I was caring for that got a routine distemper earlier in the day.(I didn't know about) It was being boarded and while I was taking care of it I looked over and it has threw up quite abit and I thought.....WTH? Then as I went closer to look it literally fell over on it's side into the vomit and could hardly get itself back up on all 4's. I yelled and got Doc back and sure enough it was a reaction to the shot it has received. Doc ended up giving it an anedote.

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