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Posted on 11-10-2017

Canine Influenza Vaccinations at Balboa Pet Hospital 

We now offer the Canine Influenza vaccination series here at Balboa Pet Hospital. The first case of Canine Influenza has recently been reported in Northern California. Canine Influenza is a highly infectious and relatively new virus that is known to cause respiratory disease in dogs. 

 

The level of the disease can range from mild to severe. Severe clinical signs can be life-threatening. The virus was first detected in the Greyhound racing population in 2003 - 2005, spanning across 8 different states. It is now considered endemic within New York, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida, Wyoming and New Jersey. The first case confirmed in Northern California was detected this summer at a veterinary clinic in Sacramento. There are currently 2 known strains (H3N2 and H3N8) in the canine population. Canine Influenza is not transmissible to humans but humans CAN carry and transmit these strains to their dogs. 

There is a vaccine available which helps control the spread of the disease and protects dogs against severe clinical signs caused by the virus. This vaccine is safe to be administered to dogs 7 weeks and older and must be boosted upon the initial series 2-4 weeks after the initial injection. Thereafter an annual booster is required to maintain protection. We have recently started to carry this vaccine here at Balboa Pet Hospital, and would recommend any dog who is social with other dogs (goes to dog parks/the beach/doggy daycare and/or is boarded) to start this vaccination series.

If you would like to have your dog vaccinated against the Canine Influenza, please call 415-752-3300 or schedule an appointment online 

Warm regards,

Balboa Pet Hospital
Dr. Del Rosso, Dr. Ravn, and Dr. Chan
(415) 752-3300  Fax (415) 752-8782
3329 Balboa Street | San Francisco, CA | 94121  

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Testimonials

  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

    Unfortunately, this year I’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. The compassion the staff showed to both my pet and I made these unbearable times tolerable. I am indebted to both Dr. Del Rosso and (the wonderful) Dr. Ravn for their kindness, compassion and dedication.

    If you are new to the area or just looking for a new vet, please give Balboa pet Hospital a call!

  •           6/5/2017

    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

  •           6/5/2017

    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

  •           4/28/2017

    I’m glad to have found Balboa Pet Hospital near my home. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Dr. Chan saw my dog, Oreo, for her skin problem last week, and my three cats, Pepper, Tofu and Cola, today for annual check-up. She’s very patient (especially with Oreo who’s shy to strangers), knowledgeable and approachable. The front staffs are also very friendly and helpful. They are so prompt to reply my email (within a few hours when I checked back my mailbox). All my pets are about 1-year-old and I’ll definitely bring them here for their health issues/checkup in many years followed.

  •           5/4/2017

    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

  •           5 of 5

    Been bringing our animals to Balboa for over 25 years and will continue because they provide great advice and care. We love Dr. D and staff are really helpful and friendly. Now if I can find medical care for myself like my animals get at Balboa...

  •           5 of 5

    I have been a patron of Balboa Pet Hospital for almost 500 years now (wink). I love Everybody there and feel they are have always been a great resource and the BEST support system for everything pertaining to my pets.

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    The staff is very kind and gentle, the doctors are very caring and patient when dealing with my scared cat Lulu. I appreciate the time they took to put her at ease and making this procedure as painless as possible for the both of us. Will definitely be spreading the word. Thank you Balboa Pet Hospital.
     

    Linda P.

    San Francisco, CA

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