In less than 4 weeks, the Bay Area H3N2 Canine Influenza outbreak has spread to Sacramento.
“Before yesterday, all the cases had been confined to the Bay Area. We knew it was a matter of time, but it actually got over here quicker than I think most of us predicted,” said Dr. Kelly Byam from Abel Pet Clinic, after the first dog flu case was confirmed in Sacramento Monday.
There is still time to protect your dog with a series of 2 vaccines. If you go to dog parks, boarding or grooming facilities or doggie daycare or if you travel with your dog, we recommend vaccination. Unless your dog is a homebody and never interacts with other dogs or never goes where other dogs go, vaccination can help prevent or lessen the severity of Influenza. For right now; we are recommending avoiding those high risk areas until your dog is vaccinated and the initial outbreak is over.
Good Day Sacramento visited our clinic to speak with Dr. Byam to find out what you can do to keep your four-legged friend healthy and to learn about the benefits of using a mobile vet for your dog. Click below to watch the videos!
ABC10 also visited our clinic for additional tips on preventing the spread of dog flu.