Melbourne / Suntree, Florida - Call 321-422-6900
Canine Influenza has been diagnosed in Florida!
Ask about the Bivalent Canine Influenza Vaccine covering both H3N8 and H3N2 strains! Call us for our special low price!
Most boarding and grooming facilities in our area are now requiring the vaccine!
Below is some Information on Canine Influenza from MERCK animal health, the makers of our Bivalent Influenza Vaccine.
What is Canine Influenza?
Canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is caused by canine influenza virus (CIV) Type A. There are 2 known strains in the United States:
1) CIV H3N8: first reported in greyhounds in 2003. Since then, CIV H3N8 has spread to at least 41 states. This virus is of equine origin and can be difficult to diagnose.
2) CIV H3N2: recently found in the United States. This virus is of avian origin and spread to 30 states by April 2016. *Most recently this strain has been found in Gainsville, Florida*
How is Canine Influenza spread?
Canine influenza spreads the same way as the common cold in humans. Canine influenza viruses are most commonly spread through direct dog contact (sniffing, licking, nuzzling); through the air (coughing and sneezing); via contaminated surfaces (sharing water bowls or toys); or through contaminated humans (with viruses on their hands or clothing).
Where could my dog catch Canine Influenza?
The more your dog socializes with other dogs, the higher the risk of contracting canine influenza and other infectious respiratory diseases.
Quickly asses your dogs risk:
Does your dog: Visit doggie day care? Board at a boarding facility or pet hotel? Attend training classes? Play at dog parks? Participate in dog-friendly events? Visit a groomer or the local pet store? Often greet other dogs during walks?
Clinical Signs of Canine Influenza:
Most cases of canine influenza are mild. However, up to 20% of infected dogs will have moderate or severe illness. Common signs are: Coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge or ocular discharge, decreased appetite and lethargy. In some cases, dogs may run a fever and demonstrate signs of depression. High fever and pneumonia may be seen in more severe cases. These clinical signs can last from a few days to several weeks depending on the severity of the disease.
Located in Melbourne / Suntree, Florida
Call us at 321-422-6900
Accepting new patients from Suntree, Melbourne, Viera and surrounding cities in Brevard County, Florida.
Rubio Pet Hospital is a full service veterinary clinic where our mission is to help your pet live a longer and healthier life by providing our best veterinary care to your pet delivered with sincere compassion and honesty. Our office is owned and operated by Dr. Carlos Rubio and his wife, Juliana. Dr. Rubio has 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine and has been practicing in the Melbourne, FL area for 10 years. Dr. Rubio and his staff can take the time to create a plan for your pet, whatever their needs may be. Whether you have a new puppy or kitten in the home, just need routine vaccinations, dental cleanings, your pet has an upset stomach or any medical problem, our Veterinarian and Veterinary Assistants are here to do everything they can and provide amazing care for a reasonable price. We even offer preventive care plans that cover unlimited visits throughout the year.
Our brand new veterinary clinic has all the latest technology in veterinary pet care including: comprehensive bloodwork equipment, digital radiology, surgery suite, state of the art dental equipment and more! We work with veterinary suppliers to deliver our clients the latest in veterinary medicine.
Rubio Pet Hospital is located in Suntree / Melbourne, FL in the plaza where the Fresh Market is located. Stop by for a tour, come meet Dr. Rubio and his staff, or bring in your pet for its free first exam! Walk-ins and emergency walk ins are always welcome during our business hours but we recommend making an appointment. Call or request below!
If there is an emergency outside of our business hours please call either one of our local Emergency Clinics:
Animal Specialty & Emergency Hospital
5775 Schenck Avenue
Rockledge, FL 32955
Animal Emergency Center of Brevard
2281 W. Eau Gallie Blvd
Melbourne, FL 32935