Canine Flu is prevalent in Columbus, OH, this year.

Some daycares and boarding facilities have shut down. Dog parks are empty. Clinicians will come out to your car to vaccinate your pet. This is not “Kennel Cough” or Bordetella. The fatality rate is listed as “low” but, to us, 10% is not low. If you have a young pup, a senior dog, or a dog with other immunity-challenges, the flu might be very dangerous. Sometimes a dog will develop a secondary infection like pneumonia. Most dogs will recover in 2 to 3 weeks. Vaccinations are available, they are expensive, require a booster, and come with the usual risk of vaccinations (depends on your opinion of vaccinations in general). Your vet can test your dog for the virus. </