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Veterinarians in Pacific NW recommend influenza vaccine for high-risk dogs

Veterinarians in Grants Pass, Ore., and Walla Walla, Wash., confirmed cases of H3N2 canine influenza, which is highly contagious among dogs and spread through droplets expelled when a dog coughs, sneezes or barks and can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours and on hands for 12 hours, according to the AVMA. Not every dog needs an influenza vaccine, but veterinarians are recommending vaccination for those that have a lot of contact with other dogs.

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