We have been receiving reports of outbreaks of the Canine Influenza Vaccine (CIV), also known as the dog flu, in the south of the country. We have concern that outbreaks may occur locally with so many dogs that travel this time of year.
Canine Influenza Vaccine was originally identified in 2005 and news of it flooded the internet and news over the past few years. The virus can cause coughing, high fevers, nasal discharge and a fatal pneumonia. In the spring of 2015, and outbreak affecting over 1,000 dogs occurred in the Chicago area and Midwest.
There are two different strains of the canine influenza virus, the H3N2 and H3N8. It has been suggested that 80% of dogs exposed to the virus will develop an infection. Most dogs will only have mild coughing however puppies and older dogs are at greatest risk for fatalities associated with the virus. The number of dogs at risk from dying from this virus may be anywhere from 1 to 10%.
Granville Veterinary Clinic recommends the Canine Influenza Vaccine (CIV) for dogs at risk which include:
– Dogs that frequently go to the Groomer.
– Show dogs.
– Dogs that frequent Dog Parks.
– Dogs that go to Day Care/Training Facilities.
– Dogs that board at boarding facilities.
This virus is highly contagious and clinics, grooming and boarding facilities that have come across the virus in their facility had to be shut down for weeks to disinfect.
There is a vaccine now that covers both strains of canine influenza vaccines, H3N2 and H3N8. The protocol is that dogs will need an initial shot, then a booster in 3 to 4 weeks to be complete.
We require the flu vaccines for dogs that board are our hospital. We do not require an exam to administer this vaccine as long as we have seen your dog in the last 6 months. We will follow the same protocol as we do for the 6-month Bordetella vaccine.
Please let us know if you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment. 740-587-1129.