You may have heard about the outbreak of Canine Influenza in our area. Here are some facts to help you safely and sanely navigate this health threat. More information is available at the American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s website .
Q: What is canine influenza?
A: Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection of dogs that is caused by an influenza A virus. This strain is closely related to the virus that causes equine influenza, and it is thought that the equine influenza virus mutated to produce the canine strain. Since March 2015, thousands of dogs have been confirmed positive for H3N2 canine influenza across the U.S.
Two clinical syndromes have been seen in dogs infected with the canine influenza virus-a mild form of the disease and a more severe form that is accompanied by pneumonia.
Q: Are all dogs at risk of getting canine influenza?
A: Because this is still an emerging disease and dogs in the U.S. have not been exposed to it before, almost all dogs, regardless of breed or age, lack immunity to it and are susceptible to infection if exposed to the active virus. Virtually all dogs exposed to the virus become infected, and nearly 80% show clinical signs of disease, though most exhibit the mild form described above.
However, the risk of any dog being exposed to the canine influenza virus depends on that dog’s lifestyle. Dog owners should talk with their own veterinarian to assess their dog’s risk.
Q: Do dogs die from canine influenza?
A: Fatal cases of pneumonia resulting from infection with canine influenza virus have been reported in dogs, but the fatality rate is low (less than 10%). Most dogs recover in 2-3 weeks.
To ensure your pets safety and well being, we are holding an all day Vaccination Clinic at Kanuga on June 20th. We are offering discounted vaccines. Our Dog Flu vaccines are regularly $37 but on June 20th, we are offering them for just $22 . Although we will not turn any of our clients away, we would prefer you schedule an appointment. Please call us at 828-692-0941 today to reserve your spot!