Canine influenza is a respiratory infection generating symptoms similar to the human flu virus. It is highly infectious between dogs and can be transmissible before symptoms are present. Therefore, we encourage our patients to receive the canine influenza vaccine (CIV). Dogs who are in close contact with other dogs such as at dog parks, grooming and boarding, or in training and competitions, are prime candidates for the vaccination. Symptoms of the flu include coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, and a possible fever. While many dogs can recover from the illness in a few weeks, some pets may have complications. Prevention is the only way to fully protect your pet! Additionally, the vaccination helps not only keep your dog healthy, but stems the spread of the disease further into the pet community.