Dear LDB Client,
Important. Please read this entire message.
Due to the recent outbreak of canine influenza across Michigan, we suggest that you have your dog vaccinated for canine influenza as soon as possible. Preferably with the bivalent vaccine that covers both H3N2 and H3N8 strains; however, if your veterinarian has only the H3N2 strain vaccination that is acceptable. H3N2 is the current strain causing disease and the most important. The vaccine requires a series of two shots 2-4 weeks apart. Your dog is considered protected seven days after the second shot. Until your dog is fully vaccinated, you should avoid taking it to pet shops, groomers or other areas with a high concentration of dogs.
If you received your Leader Dog after May 11, 2017 (Class 17-10 or later), it has already been vaccinated for canine influenza; however, you should contact your veterinarian because your dog may need a H3N2 booster shot to keep it protected. After this, your dog should be vaccinated on a yearly basis for canine influenza. Remember, your veterinarian is most familiar with your dogs health history, please follow his/her advice on your dogs specific situation.
Dogs currently in training on our campus have already been vaccinated for canine influenza. However, to ensure that our population is not affected, please do not bring your Leader Dog onto campus until after it has received the vaccinations or booster, and after the seven day waiting period.
If you are unsure if your Leader Dog has already received the canine influenza vaccine, contact your veterinarian. If you are unsure of your graduation date from Leader Dog, contact client services at 888-777-5332 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information about canine influenza may be found here: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/CanineInfluenza.aspx.
As of today, no Leader Dogs, including puppies, dogs in training and dogs actively working, have contracted canine influenza. Our goal is to keep them all safe. Everyone at Leader Dog is concerned for the health of your dog, and all Leader Dogs. Please do not hesitate to contact client services at 888-777-5332 if you have questions.
Dr. David Smith