As most of you have already heard, we have had a few cases of the canine influenza virus (CIV) in North Carolina and some surrounding states. CIV is a respiratory virus so it spreads through direct contact, contact with nasal secretions through coughing or sneezing, or coming in contact with infected objects or people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. Thankfully, to our knowledge, no cases of the canine flu have been reported in the area.
Symptoms of The Canine Flu
CIV is a treatable condition, particularly if caught early. Common symptoms include persistent coughing, decreased appetite and lethargy. Having a runny nose or weeping eyes accompanied with sneezing can also be a symptom. If you notice any of these symptoms, or are worried that your dog may have been exposed to the flu, please contact us immediately. Since CIV is so infectious, please make us aware before your appointment if you are concerned about your dog having the virus so we can give you special instructions prior to your visit.
Veterinarian Vaccine for the Canine Flu
We do have the vaccine that protects against both strains of the virus. On June 20th, we hosted a flu clinic and vaccinated over 50 dogs! We're so pleased to have a community of clients who are proactive about their pet's health. If you are interested in having your dog receive the vaccine, please call our office to schedule an appointment. The vaccine does need to be boosted in 2-4 weeks for it to be effective.
Our doctors are currently recommending the flu vaccine for all dogs that are exposed to other dogs such as in a boarding, dog park, grooming or daycare situation. If your dog participates in events such as agility or dog shows, we are highly recommending the vaccine. Some groomers and boarding facilities are requiring the vaccine.