Canine Flu Alert by Dr. Caitlin Bentley

You may have heard about recent cases of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV), H3N2, or “dog flu.” Here are a few facts to keep you and your pets safe:
  • Signs of CIV include coughing, nasal discharge, fever, and lethargy. Most dogs recover in a few weeks time.
  • CIV is very contagious, and dogs that don’t seem very ill can still spread the virus.
  • The most recent cases of CIV have been linked to dog shows and a boarding facility. If your dog is showing signs of CIV, please isolate them from other dogs and contact your veterinarian.
  • There is a vaccine for CIV available. It’s two doses, given a few weeks apart. If you occasionally board your dog, visit dog parks, or attend dog shows, it’s a good idea to get your dogs vaccinated.
  • Cats can be affected by CIV, and it can be transmitted from cat-to-cat. Cats show many of the same signs as dogs when infected, including a runny nose and sneezing. There is no evidence CIV can be transmitted to humans.
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