Yes it’s flu season, which means we’re getting many calls about the dog flu. There is a lot of misinformation out there, so here are a few quick facts to keep your dog healthy this flu season.
1.First, as is true with the human flu vaccine, the vaccine DOES NOT prevent the flu….the goal of vaccination is to minimize the chance of the flu causing illness, but the vaccine does not prevent infection. Ideally vaccination would minimize the severity of the illness, but as we see every year this is based, in people, upon correctly guessing which is the most prevalent strain. Last year many people were vaccinated even though the guess as to which strain was going to be a problem was wrong, making the vaccine ineffective. No data is available to determine this problem in dogs.
2.Unless your pet is at high risk for getting the flu (ie, show dogs,) it’s unlikely your pet will ever come in contact with the flu virus.
3.Still there is no way to know if the flu virus might have an opportunity to infect your dog. Therefore, boosting/maximizing your pet’s immune system is the best way to prevent diseases including the flu.
4.Maximum vitamin D level (blood levels of around 100 in dogs and greater than 50 in people) is the best, easiest, safest, least expensive way to boos your immune system and your dog’s immune system. Vitamin D is given based upon recent blood testing, your pet’s weight, and your pet’s health status.
If your pet has not had a vitamin D test within the past 6 months, call us to schedule this so your pet can get started on the correct dose of vitamin D. It’s the best thing you can do to minimize the flu causing a problem this year (and maximum vitamin D levels reduces the risk of your pet developing cancer and other infectious and immune diseases.)