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Canine influenza spread underscores need for vaccination in social dogs

As the recently identified H3N2 canine influenza continues to spread, having reached at least 46 states as of October, veterinarians recommend vaccines and annual booster shots for dogs that visit dog parks, kennels or doggie day cares, as well as those that travel or are groomed frequently. Canine influenza virus is easily transmitted, and an infection can be mistaken for a bordetella or parainfluenza infection, writes veterinarian Lawrence Gerson.

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