Canine Influenza 2017

Submitted by Veterinary Wellness Partners on Fri, 08/04/2017 - 12:44pm

An Emerging Concern

A new strain of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) has emerged in over 30 states across the country. Labeled CIV H3N2, this new strain is incredibly contagious. It can be spread easily by direct contact (sniffing, licking or nuzzling) with infected dogs; through the air (coughing, sneezing or barking); and by contact with infected objects such as dog bowls, toys, and clothing.

Clinical signs of this disease include coughing, discharge from eyes or nose, loss of appetite and lack of energy. Dog owners, whose dogs are showing any of these signs, should not participate in activities or take their dogs to facilities where other dogs can be exposed to the virus.  Activites to avoid include: boarding, grooming, dog shows, day care, and dog parks.

The veterinarians and owners of the Orrville Veterinary Clinic, Akron Barberton Veterinary Clinic, Seville Wadsworth Veterinary Clinic, and the Orrville Pet Spa & Resort are concerned about the rapid spread and severity of this virus. In order to provide the best protection and care for your dog, they believe that proper immunization and prevention are important to control this disease. Primary immunization requires two vaccinations given two to four weeks apart.

 

Please call one of our veterinary clinics to schedule an appointment to protect your dog against CIV H3N2.

  • Orrville Veterinary Clinic (330)682-2971
  • Seville Wadsworth Veterinary Clinic (330)336-5823
  • Akron Barberton Veterinary Clinic (330)753-4114