What is Dog Flu
You may have heard about the recent outbreak of a new type of dog flu. This highly contagious and, for some dogs, potentially serious respiratory infection is called canine influenza virus H3N2, or CIV H3N2 for short. If exposed to CIV H3N2, 80% will develop clinical disease and 20% will spreadit without showing symptoms. The virus affects capillaries in the lungs so your dog may cough up blood and have trouble breathing.
Protecting your pet from dog flu
If there is a dog flu outbreak in our area, be aware that risk or exposure to the virus are increased in settings where dogs share toys and come into close contact with each other. Wash your dog’s toys, bowls and bedding regularly. When you’ve come into contact with other dogs, wash your hands thoroughly before handling your own pet. Avoid contact with other pets, as the virus can persist on clothing and other surfaces for at least 24 hours.
Factors that put your dog at higher risk for dog flu
Dogs in frequent contact with other dogs are at the highest risk of infection. This includes:
- Boarding facilities
- Communal water bowls
- Dog parks
- Doggy day care
- Dog shows/competitions
- Dog training
Take extra precautions if have:
- a puppy,
- elderly or pregnant dog
- a dog that is immuno-compromised
- dogs with flat snouts
Dogs with flat snouts like Pugs, French Bulldogs, and Pekinese have a more difficult time with the flu because of the anatomy of their respiratory tracts.
Vaccine Available for Dog Flu
The good news is that ABC Veterinary Hospital now has a vaccine available to help control disease associated with CIV H3N2.
Contact our office to schedule the vaccine or discuss your dog's risk.
Call (760) 471-4950
Schedule appointment online with ABC Vet.
We'll answer all your questions about dog flu and help you decide whether vaccination is right for your pet.