Canine Influenza Virus
Your furry loved ones are of the utmost importance to Tulare Veterinary Hospital. We would like to take this time to inform you of the Canine Influenza.
What you should know about Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)
CIV is not the same as Canine Parainfluenza or Bordetella. Many different pathogens can play a role in canine (kennel) cough
Canine influenza is highly infectious and the virus spreads very quickly from dog to dog
CIV can be spread by direct contact with respiratory discharge from infected dogs, through the air via a cough, bark, or sneeze, and by contact with contaminated objects such as dog bowls and clothing
To prevent the spread of disease, you should wash your hands with soap and water or disinfect them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after contact with dogs
Dog owners whose dogs are coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease should not participate in activities or bring their dogs to facilities where other dogs can be exposed to the virus
You should call your pet’s veterinarian immediately if your dog has the following
- Discharge from the nose or eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Lethargy/lack of energy
Who’s at risk?
- Social dogs
- Dogs in boarding facilities
- Dogs in doggie daycare
- Dog show dogs
- Dog park dogs
- Dogs with groomers
- Kennel/Shelter dogs
There is a Canine Influenza Virus Vaccine
This vaccine protects against CIV H3N2 and H3N8, the two most common strains of Canine Influenza Virus.
- A minimum of 2 doses is required for primary immunization
- Initial dose may be given at 7 weeks of age or older. A second dose is given 2 to 4 weeks later
- Annual revaccination with 1 dose is recommended
If you feel that your pet may be at risk for contracting CIV please contact our hospital for more information, and to schedule your pets’ vaccination.