Unlike core vaccines for rabies, parvo and distemper, the canine influenza vaccine is considered a lifestyle vaccine, says Dr. Kimberly May, AVMA assistant director, department of professional and public affairs. Dogs that spend time around other canines at kennels, boarding facilities, day care and dog parks are most at risk of catching the flu, which presents with symptoms including lethargy, loss of appetite, runny nose and eyes, and a cough.

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