Canine influenza (CIV) is an extremely contagious respiratory disease that affects dogs of all ages. This disease is particularly of concern to dogs in shelters, boarding facilities, rescue groups, and in other places where canines congregate.
CIV concerns in our area are highly elevated at the moment—the latest update reveals that there have been:
- 7 cases in Oakland
- 2 cases in San Francisco
- 1 case in Mountain View
- 1 case in San Jose
- 1 case in Santa Cruz
- 3 cases in Oregon (dogs were relocated from the Oakland Shelter)
Canine influenza is most hazardous for puppies, senior dogs, pregnant dogs, and canines who are already sick. While deaths are rare from CIV, the disease is still something that pet owners should be very careful to avoid.
Fortunately, there is a vaccine which we do carry at Las Tablas Animal Hospital (the bivalent vaccine) to help prevent this disease. This vaccine should be repeated once a year—therefore, if your dog was administered with the vaccine last year, it is highly encouraged that you bring your dog in again for a repeat vaccine.
Clinical signs of canine influenza may mirror those of kennel cough. These include:
- Mild low-grade fever
- Honking cough
- Decreased appetite and activity
- And more
If you notice any of the above symptoms in your dog, or if you are planning to board, groom, or send your dog to a daycare facility in the future, please contact Las Tablas Animal Hospital immediately at 805-369-2222 so we can discuss the vaccine and any questions you may have.