The previous strain of Canine Influenza Virus H3N8 is no longer seen as a threat to the canine population. However, a new strain of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) has recently 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. 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. Dogs showing any of these signs are not permitted to come to the Orrville Pet Spa & Resort or return for a minimum of two weeks after treatment.
The veterinarians and owners of Orrville Veterinary Clinic, Akron Barberton Veterinary Clinic, Seville Wadsworth Veterinary Clinic, and 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.
If you would like to protect your dog against CIV H3N2 please contact any of our veterinary clinics (www.orrvillevetclinic.com) to schedule an appointment.