Canine Influenza: How To Protect Your Pet
You may have heard in the news or online about the outbreak of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) in dogs. The current outbreak appears to have started in Georgia and Florida at a dog show. Other dogs in 12 states have tested positive, many from exposure to the original dogs.
The clinical signs of canine influenza are fever, lethargy, and coughing which may look similar to kennel cough, but are more severe. The mortality rate is less than 10%, a significant number.
There are two strains of influenza found in dogs: H3N2 and H3N8. Both strains each have a vaccination that has been used since the original outbreak almost 2 years ago. Cypress Creek Pet Care carries both vaccines. Both vaccines need two injections, 3-4 weeks apart to be fully protective. There is another combination vaccine with both strains currently on back-order and therefore not available at this time.
Testing for either strain is available and is best done early in the first 2-3 days of clinical symptoms. Cypress Creek Pet Care works closely with laboratories which provides a PCR test for both strains as well as testing for Bordetella Bronchiseptica and Parainfluenza, the common causes of kennel cough, which looks very similar to Influenza.
Cats are susceptible to the H3N2 strain, the newer one, but it appears to be very rare. There is currently no vaccine for cats.
Cypress Creek Pet Care will continue monitoring the situation closely and all of the staff have been trained to watch, isolate and report any pets exhibiting signs. We are currently not requiring the vaccines to enter the clinic or boarding facilities. We will be happy to vaccinate your pet if you are concerned. The decision to not require the influenza vaccine may change as circumstances warrant.
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