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Should I get my 4 month old golden the flu shot?

Like the title says "Should I get my 4 month old golden the flu shot?".
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I think you need to assess your risk. A friend has one of my boys, and a Corgi. Both are around 5-6 years of age and very healthy. They accompany their owner everywhere on the farm with hundreds of acres, including cattle, horses and mini-donkeys. They rarely leave the farm, don't go to dog parks, dog shows, classes, neighborhood walks, boarding, festivals, etc. She asked, and I said that her boys are both very low risk right now. Our vet agrees.

However, if you participate in any of these activities-dog parks, dog shows, dog classes, neighborhood walks, boarding, festivals, etc.-I would recommend it.

Here is just one real life story of how "regular" dogs can get the flu. Dog show competitor comes home, dogs seem fine, play in backyard, fence play with neighboring pet dogs. Several days later show dogs are very sick and within hours, so are the neighboring pet dogs. Canine flu . Dogs exposed to the pet dogs on neighborhood walks, etc. are now at risk.

Also, I have heard from more than one person that when they asked their vet about getting the flu shot, they were told their dog had already been given the flu shot. When pressed, because the owner could not remember asking for the flu shot, it turned out the vet staff was talking about the parainfluenza vaccine, which is a part of the regular shot and does NOT cover this flu.

If you get, get either the bivalent, which covers both N8 and N2, or at least N2. It requires 2 shots, 2-4 weeks apart and then a booster in one year.

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If you are around any type of show dogs, performance dogs or dogs that do any kind of competitions - yes!

I will be getting my 4 month old puppy the flu shot probably in a week or two, because she just had her puppy shots yesterday.

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Also be aware that the germ stays on people's clothes, shoes, etc for 24 to 48 hours. If a person comes in contact with it - say at a pet store buy food, at the airport where a show dog may be travelling or even the supermarket, they can bring it home to their dogs.

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Where do you live? Geography must have something to do with it, because it has never been recommended to me. What does your vet say?

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Where do you live? Geography must have something to do with it, because it has never been recommended to me. What does your vet say?
Assessment of risk and geography are big factors. For those of us in NC, the NC Department of Agriculture posts updates on their Vet Division page: NCDA&CS Veterinary Division Canine Influenza information

Given that I am in one of those counties with cases + one confirmed death, and my dog is taking a class with other dogs right now, he did get vaccinated.
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Location and personal risk- I bought a box of them for my own dogs because my daughter is in vet school doing her clinics and has exposure herself- even though she has been taught from toddlerhood how to keep a space clean, and she drops her clothes/shoes/etc at the door, we still are a higher risk group to be carrying it in- I go to the dog show every weekend so I too drop drawers and shoes at the door and we bag there and then carry to the washer for cleaning.
If you plan to do any competition or be in large groups and you are in an area that seems hard hit, it's a good idea.
I haven't heard of anyone west of the Rockies who've had it- but Chicago area/Ga/NC/FL all seem like hotbeds.
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Assessment of risk and geography are big factors. For those of us in NC, the NC Department of Agriculture posts updates on their Vet Division page: NCDA&CS Veterinary Division Canine Influenza information

Given that I am in one of those counties with cases + one confirmed death, and my dog is taking a class with other dogs right now, he did get vaccinated.

I'm over on the Coast, I live in one of those Counties on that list that had dogs that got the Canine flu. The dog that died in MC, NC is not that far from me.
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I'm over on the Coast, I live in one of those Counties on that list that had dogs that got the Canine flu. The dog that died in MC, NC is not that far from me.
Yep. I'm in the other county.
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