Canine Influenza (CIV) H3N2 was identified in March 2015 during the Chicago outbreak and has quickly spread across the United States. It HAS been found in the Metro Atlanta area. CIV is highly contagious – it can be spread through direct contact and droplets from sneezing and coughing from dog to dog. The droplets can also contaminate surfaces, food, bowls and other objects increasing the potential for further infections. Environments such as boarding kennels, groomers, dog parks, pet day care centers and the like are particularly risky.
CIV is difficult to diagnose and potentially difficult to treat. Clinical signs can include coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, eye discharge and anorexia. These symptoms may not appear until after the majority of virus shedding has occurred. CIV can be expensive to treat and, depending on the case, your pet may need to be referred to UGA for treatment.
All dogs can be at risk for contracting CIV – regardless of breed, age, sex or health status. Prevention is the best course of action.
We now carry a vaccination to help prevent your pet from picking up the H3N2 virus for dogs over 8 weeks of age. The first time your pet receives the vaccine they get one dose and then it is boosted 3 weeks later. After the initial vaccination series, your pet receives a booster annually.
Call our office at 770-786-2193 to set up your dog’s vaccine appointment or to ask us any questions.