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  • Facts About Canine Influenza (H3N8)

    Posted on April 8, 2015 by in dog, info, Learning

    Canine Influenza (H3N8)

    What is canine influenza?

    Canine influenza (dog flu) is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs. This is a disease of dogs, NOT of humans.

    The virus was originally a horse influenza virus which has existed for more than 40 years. In 2004, an unknown respiratory illness in dogs (initially greyhounds) was reported and an investigation showed that the dog illness was caused by a jump from horses to dogs.

    What are the signs of this infection?

    • cough
    • runny nose
    • fever
    • lethargy (laying around)
    • lack of appetite
    • rapid breathing

    How serious is this infection?

    The percentage of dogs infected with this disease that die is very small. Some dogs have no signs of infection. Severe illness is characterized by the onset of pneumonia.

    How does canine influenza spread?

    Canine influenza can be spread to other dogs by direct contact with aerosolized respiratory secretions from infected dogs, by uninfected dogs coming into contact with contaminated objects, and by moving contaminated objects or materials between infected and uninfected dogs.

    Clothing, equipment, surfaces and hands should be cleaned and disinfected after exposure to dogs showing signs of respiratory illness.

    Is there a vaccine for canine influenza?

    Yes! Approved vaccines are available.

    What is the risk to humans from this virus?

    To date, there is no evidence of transmission of the virus from dogs to people.

    My dog has a cough…what should I do?

    Call us at 770-786-2193 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Krueger so we can evaluate your dog.


    We highly recommend if you are taking your dog to Florida, the Gulf Coast, into Atlanta or board regularly that you have your dog vaccinated for canine influenza.

    The first vaccination does require a vaccination booster 2 weeks later. After the initial series of vaccinations, it is a yearly booster that we can do at the same time as their annual exam.


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