Canine Influenza Virus H3N8
Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)
What is canine influenza?
CIV is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by a specific Type A influenza virus. This is NOT a human influenza virus. The symptoms include coughing, runny noses and a fever.
How does canine influenza spread?
CIV is spread by direct contact with respiratory secretions from infected dogs, through the air via a cough or sneeze, and by contact with contaminated objects such as dog bowls and clothing, or by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs.
The veterinarians at Cedar Creek Animal Clinic want to educate dog owners about thisvirus and strongly recommend vaccinating dogs for CIV, especially if they are going to be staying at a boarding facility, groomer, or if they frequent areas with numerous other dogs such as dog daycare centers and show rings.
The initial vaccine will be given in an injection under the skin and will need to be followed by a booster vaccine in 2-4 weeks, then will be given annually for optimum protection.
Please give us a call to schedule an appointment for your dog to receive this vaccine especially if they will be staying in a boarding facility during the holiday season.