ORANGE PARK, Fla. – Clay Humane is offering a canine influenza vaccination clinic on Friday and Saturday to encourage families with dogs to protect their pets against a new strain of canine influenza spreading in Florida.
The clinic is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The immunization comes as a two-part series, so dogs will need to return for a second round of vaccines two weeks after the clinic. Dog owners can make an appointment for the second vaccination when their dog receives the first vaccine.
"Just like the human version of he flu, the virus is very dangerous for the very young, the very old and the ill," said Dr. Christian Broadhurst, senior staff veterinarian at Clay Humane. "It is vital pet owners protect all dogs from this strain of the flu, so we are offering a Canine Influenza Vaccine Clinic at Clay Humane."
Both rounds of vaccinations are covered with a $50 fee. Clay Humane requires all dogs participating in the vaccine clinic have written proof of a current rabies vaccination or Clay Humane will administer a rabies vaccination for an additional charge. Dogs must be at least 7 weeks of age to receive the flu vaccine.
In addition to vaccination, Clay Humane recommends that dog owners wash their hands with soap and water or disinfect them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after contact with any dogs.