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News - February 2, 2018

Dog owners rush to get pets vaccinated

Veterinary hospitals, dog-care facilities hit by spread of virus

by Sue Dremann

Two forms of canine influenza have rapidly spread up the San Francisco peninsula in the last few weeks, prompting dog owners to pack veterinary offices for vaccinations against the highly contagious virus and cancel dog-care and play-dates.

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Posted by Stop
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 2, 2018 at 8:26 am

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Posted by effective? cost?
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Feb 2, 2018 at 12:37 pm

Is the canine flu vaccine more effective than the human one? And how much does it typically cost? I'm trying to decide whether or not to vaccinate my not--terribly-social older dog. Thanks.

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Posted by Vern
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 2, 2018 at 8:35 pm

Prices vary - at my vet each shot is $60 ($120 for both). I am not vaccinating my dog - he doesn't go to dog parks or day care. I feel like this is slightly hysterical and some degree of marketing. I'm not sure I would vaccinate an animal with a compromised immune system because the effects of the vaccine aren't well known, but I might vaccinate a healthy senior dog.

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Posted by Donald Steele
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 8, 2018 at 4:08 am

Canine vaccination plays a crucial role in protecting your four-legged companion from many death-dealing infirmities. In fact, as per the state laws, the person must vaccinate his pooch for rabies. Some other neutralizers are there that can protect your pup from the malady that is easily avoidable. Vaccination is highly recommended because it helps to prepare the canine's immune system to protect itself from the indisposition-causing organism. Canine parvovirus, canine distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, rabies- are the core vaccines, whereas the noncore vaccines include- bordetella, canine influenza, lyme vaccine etc. However, giving the wrong shot at the right time or giving the right shot at the wrong time can be dangerous. Thus, you need to consult a veterinarian prior to vaccinating your pet. Browse this page- Web Link to get more details about pet medication.

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