The Canine Influenza Virus (CIV), also known as the H3N8 virus, jumped from horses to dogs in 2004; it was first discovered in Greyhounds in Florida. A vaccine for this respiratory disease was conditionally approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in June 2009.
The CIV vaccine is a lifestyle vaccine. What does this mean? If you have a dog with a lifestyle that puts him or her at greater risk, you may want to consider vaccination.
Learn more about CIV and if vaccination is something to consider for your dog in this dog flu (H3N8) vaccine FAQ.
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