What is Canine Influenza?

Canine Influenza is caused by the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV), an influenza A virus. It is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs. Currently, two strains of CIV have been identified in the United States - H3N8 virus and H3N2 virus.

What are the signs?

canine-flu-h3n8-h3n2-strainsMild form - Dogs suffering from the mild form of CIV develop a soft, moist cough that can persist for 10-30 days. They may also be lethargic, febrile, and have a decreased appetite. Sneezing and eye and nasal discharge may also occur.

Severe form -Dogs with the severe form develop a high fever and show signs of pneumonia. These signs include increased respiratory rates and effort. Fatal cases of pneumonia caused by infection of Influenza have been reported in dogs, but the fatality rate is less that 10%. Most dogs recover in 2-3 weeks.

How is CIV spread?

Canine Influenza spreads easily between dogs. The virus is shed in nasal secretions during the 2-4 day incubation period. During this period, dogs do not show signs of illness, so they are contagious before showing signs that they are sick.

Should I vaccinate my dog?

We know how busy day-to-day life can be for everyone, and we don't ever want a pet's medical treatment to be delayed due to a scheduling conflict. So we are pleased to announce that we are now accepting drop off appointments!

cat at the vetPlease call (781) 585-6525 and we will be happy to schedule a drop-off appointment for your pet. When you arrive, simply check in your pet and leave a telephone number so we can reach you. Our staff will assist you in completing a checklist of your concerns. 

One of our veterinarians will call you after we have completed a thorough physical examination to discuss our findings and let you know when your pet is ready for pick up. We may also discuss additional testing or other recommendations regarding medications and ways we can help keep your pet healthy. We will never perform any testing or treatments without giving you an estimate and getting your consent, therefore, it is essential that we be able to reach you by phone during the day.

We hope that our drop off appointments make things just a little bit easier for our clients. Feel free to call us if you have questions!

Why We Recommend Year Round Heartworm Prevention

Dog Heartworm DiagramAt Kingston Animal Hospital, we recommend you give your dog heartworm prevention every month throughout the year. Mosquitos may not be present in the cold winter months, but heartworm prevention like Heartgard Plus also protects your dog (and you!) against dangerous intestinal parasites like hookworms and roundworms, whose eggs are hardy enough to survive even the deepest freeze.

Giving heartworm prevention year round will help you keep your pet healthy and avoid costly veterinary bills for years to come.

Proper dental care helps to not only prevent bad breath and discomfort for your pet, but can also eliminate the risk of serious liver and kidney problems down the road.

dachshund with toothbrushTo promote good oral hygiene as a preventive step in your pet's well-being, Kingston Animal Hospital is offering $50 off pet dental cleanings for anyone who books a dental on the same day it is recommended!*

Call us at (781) 585-6525 for more information. Learn more about the importance of pet dental and oral care here.

*Pre-surgical exam is required prior to a cleaning.

Puppies PlayingBring two or more pets to Kingston Animal Hospital for a wellness exam and receive 15% off your bill!*

Call us at (781) 585-6525 for further information.

*Offer valid for exam and medications only.

It is with a very heavy heart that we have to announce the passing of our hospital's founder, Dr. Ray Russo.