Canine Influenza Update

What’s New With Canine Flu

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. Concerns about the disease in our state continue, as the virus hit California particularly hard last year. In June and July alone, there were more than 91 confirmed cases.

As a respiratory virus, the initial symptoms of CIV are similar to kennel cough. Watch for:

  • coughing (both moist and dry)
  • sneezing
  • nasal discharge
  • runny eyes
  • fever
  • lethargy
  • difficulty breathing

If your pet shows any of these symptoms, it’s very important to not only get him or her checked by a vet, but also to keep your pet away from other canines. 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.

If your canine frequents dog parks, boarding or doggy daycare, dog shows, or grooming facilities, they should be vaccinated. We also recommend this vaccine for senior dogs and those with pre-existing heart, lung, and breathing conditions.

Should your dog start to show any of the symptoms mentioned above, or if you need to get your pet vaccinated, please don’t hesitate to call us at (805) 357-9411.