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  • Canine Influenza Letter

    May 4, 2018


    Dear Clients:

           Recently, we’ve been receiving questions from some of our pet owners about a dog virus called canine influenza. They were concerned about stories they had seen or read in the news about “dog flu” outbreaks. In answering their questions, we realizes that all of our dog owners may have similar questions and concerns. So, we’re writing to tell you about canine influenza, what puts dogs at risk and what can be done to protect them.

    Canine influenza is a relatively new disease and can be caused by two different canine influenza virus strains, H3N* and H3N2. Both strains of canine influenza virus cause respiratory disease in dogs. Affected dogs may develop coughing, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. The signs of infection are similar to those of other respiratory disease in dogs. With proper medical attention, most dogs will recover. However, in some cases, canine influenza can progress to a more severe or even life-threatening condition, such as pneumonia.

    Canine influenza is highly contagious, so visiting places where dogs socialize or congregate, such as doggie day cares, dog parks, boarding facilities and urban location, places dog dogs at higher risk for becoming infected. Making the situation even more difficult to control is that dogs can spread the virus before signs of illness appear.

    The best way to protect your dog from canine influenza is through vaccination. Fortunately, there are vaccines now available for each canine influenza strain, H3N8 and H3N2, The initial vaccination requires two doses of each vaccine, given 2 to 4 weeks apart. Thereafter, an annual booster for each influenza strain is recommended for continued protection.

    We recommend vaccinating dogs against both canine influenza H3N8 and H3N2 and have vaccines available. Please call us to discuss any questions you might have and to set up an appointment.



    The Staff at Layhill Animal Hospital

  • COVID-19 Visits

    COVID -19

    Update - Reopening

    To our valued clients,

       Our office would like to thank you for your understanding, and cooperation during the past year and a half. We are happy to announce that the office will be open to clients starting July 19. 

    The hospital will be operating under the following guidelines:


    -         Masks will be required within the hospital at all times, regardless of vaccination status.


    -         One family member will be allowed in the office for appointments.


    -         A maximum of 3 clients will be allowed in the office at 1 time.

    -         If you are feeling ill, we ask that you have another family member bring your pet for the appointment, or call to reschedule your appointment.

    -         Our office will still offer curbside service- if clients prefer to remain in their vehicles. Please inform our staff when scheduling your appointment. Also please call our office upon your arrival at 301-598-7300.  

    If you have any questions or concerns please call 301-598-7300.

    Thank you for your continued support and trust in our team.



    The Staff at Layhill Animal Hospital


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