Houston Humane Society Animal Wellness Clinic
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
"The love of all living creatures is the noblest attribute of man"- Charles Darwin
The Houston Humane Society offers a variety of services, including vaccinations and microchipping, to help you maintain the good health of your pets at an affordable price. All of the proceeds benefit shelter animals.
****Appointments are now available for exams only****
Call 713-433-6421 or visit in person to book your appointment. At the time you schedule your appointment, the non-refundable exam fee and a $10 convenience fee will apply.
CANINE INFLUENZA INFORMATION
- What is Canine Influenza? A strain of the influenza A virus known as H3N8, a highly contagious “flu” that is able to cause respiratory illness in dogs. Canine influenza only affects dogs. Humans are not at risk of contracting it, but because the influenza strain can change the CDC does continue to monitor this.
- How serious is canine influenza? It can be very serious! Because it is a relatively new strain of flu (first reported in the US in 2003), dogs do not have any sort of immunity built up to defend themselves. Not only is it highly contagious, but virtually all dogs are at risk. Cases have been reported in 40 states, including Texas.
- What are the signs of canine influenza? The most common sign is a persistent cough, which makes it very hard to initially diagnose (due to its similarity to what is commonly referred to as kennel cough). In mild cases, signs can include a low-grade fever, nasal discharge, lack of energy, loss of appetite, and a cough that can last for up to a month. In more severe, progressed stages, a high grade fever and pneumonia can develop.
- Is your dog at risk? Did it come from a shelter, rescue center, breeder, or pet store? Do you board your pet at a kennel or go to doggie daycare? Attend group dog training? Visit a grooming facility or dog parks? Enter or attend dog events? Come into contact with other dogs in the waiting room during visits to the vet? If so, your pet may be at risk.
- How is it spread? The same way as human flu: direct contact (touching noses, sharing water bowls & toys), through the air (sneezing & coughing), and via contaminated surfaces.
- How to protect your dog against canine influenza: There is a vaccine to help protect your dog. The initial vaccine requires 2 doses, 2-4 weeks apart, followed by annual revaccination. If your dog is currently vaccinated for kennel cough (bordetella), it is a likely candidate for the canine influenza vaccine. In addition, if your dog has had any sort of upper respiratory infection be sure to keep them at home for about 2 weeks from the last day of symptoms to minimize the risk of spreading germs, routinely clean your dog’s food and water bowls and wash toys and bedding regularly.
- The Houston Humane Society offers the canine influenza vaccine at our low cost Wellness Center for just $18. And we feel it is so important that we also vaccinate all of our adoptables upon arrival at the shelter. For more information about canine influenza, please visit the Houston Humane Society.