Welcome to VCA Heritage Animal Hospital, where new clients are always as welcome as our valued existing clients. We have provided veterinary services for the Champaign-Urbana area for nearly forty years. The friendly staff at our hospital works to provide excellence for all pets and pet parents alike. At VCA Heritage, your pet's care and comfort is always important to us. Our goal is to make available the highest quality medical and surgical care for our patients, as well as superb customer service for our clients. Our excellent team of doctors and staff members continue to expand our patient care capabilities in order to ensure that your beloved family member has the best veterinary services available. We believe that our clients' pets deserve the same loving care that we give to our own pets.
Canine Influenza Update
In the last few weeks, there has been an outbreak of Canine Influenza in the Bloomington-Normal area. This began the last week of April with a very small number of dogs involved, but has spread dramatically in the last two weeks with dozens of cases being reported. Although most dogs get sick with fever and respiratory symptoms, there have been at least two fatalities so far. There have been reports of cases from Decatur, which have not been confirmed, but are probably credible. Although no cases have been reported from Champaign-Urbana, we expect the outbreak to involve us in the near future and have decided to change our recommendations and vaccination policy.
First, don't take your dog to the Bloomington-Normal area unless it cannot be avoided. Also stay away from dog parks, training classes, day care, and boarding kennels if possible. Areas where dogs congregate and socialize are the typical sites of transmission.
We recommend Influenza vaccination for all dogs that go to boarding kennels, day care, or dog parks, or who socialize with other dogs of unknown vaccination or health status. If you and your dog must visit the Bloomington-Normal area, vaccinate first. It is perfectly reasonable to vaccinate if your dog is not subject to these risk factors and you just want to have protection.
The vaccination requires two injections spaced two to four weeks apart. It is highly effective and very safe. If you have questions about vaccination or concerning the current status of the outbreak, feel free to give us a call anytime.
The Doctors at VCA Heritage