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Vaccination Requirements2018-09-10T21:45:05+00:00

States with Reported Cases of Dog Flu*

Flu Map

With more cases of Dog Flu being reported across the country, Merck Animal Health is committed to keeping dog owners and veterinary professionals informed on the latest prevalence data.

*Cornell University, Test Summary for Canine Influenza Virus in Dogs not Affiliated with Greyhound Racetracks, 2009; Crawford, et al., Transmission of Equine Influenza Virus to Dogs, P.C., 2005. Syndromic surveillance data of Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD, University of Florida; Edward Dubovi, PhD, Cornell University; Sanjay Kapill, DVM, PhD, ACVIM, Oklahoma State University; and IDEXX Laboratories. April 2018.


Vaccination & other Preventatives

Dogs presented for training must provide proof of vaccination, antihelmintic, heartworm, flea and tick preventative. If the animal is not current, then the required vaccines and preventatives must be administered before training can begin. Required vaccines are Rabies, Bordetella, distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, Leptospirosis, parainfluenza, and Canine influenza (bi-valent flu vaccine) required.  The bivalent flu vaccine gives some protection against the two types of flu viruses noted in domesticated dogs. Both types have been isolated in Georgia. Updating Vaccines at least 3-4 weeks before training is preferred. 

  • Core vaccinations for dogs include distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza.
  • Leptospirosis is becoming more prevalent and is required. This is a disease that can be transmitted to people with deadly consequences.
  • Vaccination against Bordetella bronchiseptica for all dogs.  Intra nasal administration is preferred.
  • Canine flu is becoming more prevalent. This disease can spread through a facility very quickly with deadly consequences. We require the bi-valent flu vaccine. YOU MUST TELL YOUR VETERINARIAN YOU REQUIRE THE BI-VALENT FLU VACCINE.

These policies were implemented for the protection of the staff, other dogs and facility from contagious infections and or infestations. Evidence must be provided of current preventative status to access eligibility for training at our facility.