Jun 09

Canine Influenza Virus Outbreak

In the wake of the recent outbreak of canine influenza in the Southeast, we are now recommending vaccination against the current strain of canine influenza, H3N2.  Those at highest risk of exposure are dogs who frequent dog parks, doggy day care, boarding/grooming and other dog social facilities.

Facts about Canine Influenza:

  • 80% of all dogs that are exposed to the virus will contract it.
  • The virus is airborne and spread through contact with contaminated items (bowls, leashes, crates, clothing, dog runs, etc.)
  • People can carry the virus and transfer it from infected to uninfected dogs.
  • Cats can contract the virus from dogs, however, there is NO vaccine for cats.

Symptoms:

  • Dry, hacking cough
  • Discharge from the nose or eyes
  • Fever
  • Lethargy and decreased appetite
  • Untreated, the illness may progress to pneumonia and other, more serious problems

Prevention:

  • The best protection is vaccination.  The vaccine requires a booster shot 2 weeks after the initial vaccine.
  • Isolate sick animals and keep them isolated for up to 30 days after symptoms subside.
  • Practice good sanitation.

For more information about the canine influenza outbreak in North Carolina, click here http://www.ncagr.gov/vet/aws/canineflu/

If you believe your dog may have canine influenza, please contact us immediately.  Thank you for entrusting us with your pet’s care.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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