There has been a lot of information in the news lately about the recent canine influenza outbreak in the Chicago area. We would like to provide you with the most pertinent information you guys need to protect your pet and understand the facts about the disease.
IS THE DOG FLU IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD?
There are currently NO reported cases of canine influenza in the state of California.
SHOULD I VACCINATE MY DOG FOR CANINE INFLUENZA?
The current strain of canine influenza which is affecting dogs in the midwest is the H3N2 influenza virus. Our only available vaccination is for the H3N8 strain of influenza. This means that the vaccination is not considered effective against the current strain of influenza. Therefore at this point, we are not recommending use of the vaccination as part of our core vaccination protocol.
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR CANINE INFLUENZA?
If you travel with your dog, or attend dog shows with your dog we recommend that you limit exposure to other dogs such as shows, dog parks, boarding and grooming facilities. The virus is highly contagious between dogs, even if they don’t appear sick at the time of interaction. Since the virus is airborne, avoidance is the only way we can attempt to contain the virus.
CAN MY FAMILY CATCH INFLUENZA?
Canine influenza is not zoonotic, meaning it does NOT affect humans, it cannot be transmitted to you from your dog.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF INFLUENZA THAT I SHOULD WATCH FOR?
If you notice your dog coughing. sneezing with nasal discharge, or excessive lethargy, please call your veterinarian immediately. This is particularly concerning if your dog has been socializing on walks, going to dog parks, boarding or grooming facilities, or dog shows.