Have you heard the news recently about the cases of "dog flu" in the Bay Area? Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) Outbreaks are being reported all across the country. Here is everything you need to know about this potentially deadly virus...
The good news is, the disease caused by the virus is usually mild and self-resolving. Fever, runny nose and coughing affect most dogs. Similar symptoms of a cough or flu for humans. Less commonly, dogs can become lethargic and they can develop pneumonia.
Don't worry - the virus is not transmissible to people.
If your young, otherwise healthy dog is showing the above symptoms (fever, runny nose, coughing) but has a good energy level, appetite, and is breathing normally, we urge you to keep your dog at home. Ensure they rest, get plenty of fluids, and keep an eye on him or her.
Most noteworthy, if your dog is coughing, lethargic, breathing with effort or at an increased rate, not drinking, if your senior dog or one with another serious medical condition is showing these symptoms, please call us.
Fortunately, there is a vaccine that can help protect your dog from CIV. Much the same as you get your annual flu shot, your dogs need vaccinating too. Our hospitals are now carrying the Canine Influenza Bivalent Vaccine.
Dogs at risk, that you should consider vaccinating, include those who have been to boarding kennels, groomers, canine daycare, dog parks, animal shelters, and any other place or event where dogs can interact.
If your dog is showing symptoms of CIV, unfortunately, they cannot be vaccinated. However, we can vaccinate them when they are healthy, and signs of the disease are no longer present.
You can find further information on these trusted sites:
Make an appointment to get your canine companion vaccinated by calling us today!
Finally, please don't hesitate to contact your closest hospital for further information.