Canine Flu

Canine Flu Alert

Canine flu is a viral infection and symptoms include coughing, nasal/eye discharge, and fever.

If your dog has any of the symptoms described above, please keep them away from other dogs and contact your veterinarian or call the San Francisco SPCA Veterinary Hospital at (415) 554-3030 between the hours of 8am and 6pm. If your dog has decreased appetite or thirst, is lethargic, or has any difficulty breathing, please see a veterinarian immediately.

Just like with human influenza, most who contract the disease will make a full recovery without intervention.

Canine flu is highly contagious, but fortunately, there is a vaccination available to help protect against the current strain of flu virus. The SF SPCA recommends this vaccine for dogs who are regularly around large groups of other dogs at places like dog parks, daycare, boarding facilities, and group walks.

The vaccine requires two injections, given 2–4 weeks apart, plus an annual booster. We are currently offering the vaccine for $50 per injection.

To book a vaccine appointment, please call us at (415) 554-3030.

For more information, visit the CDC Canine Influenza webpage.

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