Dog flu? WHAT IS IT?
Canine influenza virus (CIV) causes respiratory symptoms similar to those experienced by humans with flu, including cough, sneezing, lethargy, fever, and discharge from the nose and eyes. There are two known influenza virus types that can infect and spread between dogs in the United States.
WHO IS AT RISK?
High risk dogs – any dog that visits dog parks, boarding facilities, dog day care, grooming, training classes, etc.
Lower risk dogs – any dog that typically stays home and walks around the neighborhood.
IS THERE A VACCINE FOR CANINE INFLUENZA?
There are now vaccines available in the US for both CIV H3N2 and CIV H3N8. Although both types of CIV are H3 viruses and share some traits in common, it is important to understand that they are different viruses requiring separate vaccinations. To date there is no information indicating that dogs vaccinated for one type will be protected for the other. Chickasaw Trail Animal Hospital will be administering both vaccines.
Call us about getting your dog vaccinated – especially if your pet is in a high risk category.