Emerging threat or sales pitch?

August 29th, 2012 at 6:26 am EST

Hello to you this Wednesday.

An emerging threat or sales pitch?

Today's article is about Canine Influenza, and one drug companies NEW vaccine.

Will I give it to my dog?


Virtually all cases of canine influenza respond to treatment we would give ourselves for the flu virus:

Good nutrition and supplements to raise immunity
A warm, quiet and comfortable spot to rest

That being said if you have an older, or immune compromised dog being exposed to a large number of other dogs in a closed environment ( such as a kennel), then I would consider it.

Regardless, still you want your dog's immune system to be fighting the disease, and certain supplements may help, such as colostrum, antioxidants, specific mushrooms, probiotics, omega 3 fatty acids and anti-viral amino acids ( ie lysine)

My supplement contains many of these ingredients, and you can see it here:


Here is what one particular drug company has to say:

Canine influenza is an emerging threat to all dogs.

Canine influenza virus (CIV) has been confirmed in dogs across 39 states and the District of Columbia, and its prevalence is rising.

 And because most dogs are naive to the virus, virtually every naive dog exposed will become infected.

Clinical signs associated with CIV can be confused with canine cough making accurate diagnosis difficult.

Nobivac® Canine Flu H3N8 — a killed virus vaccine from Merck Animal Health — is the first vaccine fully licensed by the USDA for canine influenza. It significantly decreases clinical signs of disease and reduces viral shedding.

Here is more specific information from the ASPCA:

General Symptoms of Canine Influenza Virus?

While most dogs will show typical symptoms of kennel cough, a small percentage of dogs will develop a more severe illness. Symptoms of canine influenza virus include:

 Variable fever
 Clear nasal discharge that progresses to thick, yellowish-green mucus
 Rapid/difficult breathing
 Loss of appetite

Can Dogs Die From Canine Influenza Virus?

If CIV is quickly diagnosed and treated, the fatality rate is quite low. Deaths are usually caused by secondary complications, such as pneumonia. It is very important that dogs with CIV receive proper veterinary care.

How Is Canine Influenza Virus Diagnosed?

Veterinarians will typically conduct a thorough physical examination and run a series of tests to diagnose the illness.

How Is Canine Influenza Treated?

Because CIV is a virus similar to the flu in humans, there is no specific antiviral medication available. However, supportive care and appropriate treatment of secondary infections are important. Your veterinarian may advise the following to soothe your dog while the condition runs its course:

Good nutrition and supplements to raise immunity
A warm, quiet and comfortable spot to rest
Medications to treat secondary bacterial infections
Intravenous fluids to maintain hydration
Workup and treatment for pneumonia

Be advised, while most dogs will fight the infection within 10 to 30 days, secondary infections require antibiotics and, in the case of pneumonia, hospitalization.

Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

P.S. Will my supplement prevent the dog flu?

I can't claim that, nor would I.

But does it have many ingredients that support your dog's immune system?


And can that help?

Yes again

If you have yet to try it, you can grab a trial bottle for 50% OFF here:


DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and
is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian.
Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of
B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific
questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific
medical recommendations for your pet.

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