Recent Outbreak of Canine Influenza:
What You Need to Know
You may have heard about the recent outbreak of a new type of dog flu affecting pets across central Florida and the rest of the country. This highly contagious and, for some dogs, potentially serious respiratory infection is called canine influenza virus H3N2, or CIV H3N2 for short. There are actually two strains of dog flu that can cause serious disease or even death: H3N8 and H3N2. H3N8 and H3N2 are the strains causing canine influenza in our pets. Chances are, if your dog is exposed to CIV H3N2 or CIV H3N8, he or she may become infected.
Is Your Dog At Risk for Canine Influenza?
Dogs that are frequently in contact with other dogs are at the highest risk of infection with both strains of CIV. This includes dogs that are boarded, enrolled in daycare, or often visit the local dog park. Dogs of all ages and breeds are at risk for this highly contagious disease.
The good news is that Sheridan West Animal Clinic now has vaccines available to help control disease associated with CIV H3N2 and H3N8. Dogs need to be vaccinated for both strains in order to be fully protected because both strains have been diagnosed in over 38 states to date.
Contact Us for More Information
Please contact us at (954) 432-6230 to make an appointment to get your dog protected against canine influenza.