Dog Flu Has Arrived In King County- Are You Prepared?

Posted by: Pack Leader | February 4, 2016 | Posted in Dog Health

Do you know everything you should about Canine Influenza?

We at Central Bark have not had any cases of the Canine Influenza H3N2 (dog flu) but want to make sure that all our clients are well informed and have all the knowledge to keep their dogs safe. Below is some general information; we are encouraging all dog owners to speak with their vet about preventative care.

What is it?

Canine Influenza H3N2 is a highly contagious respiratory infection that is caused by Influenza A virus in dogs.

Is my dog at risk?

Dogs who are routinely around other dogs in daycare, dog parks, grooming salons or social settings are at a higher risk for exposure to the virus. H3N2 is a relatively new virus in the United States, therefore dogs, regardless of age or breed, lack immunity to this specific influenza virus. The American Veterinary Medical Association says almost all dogs who are exposed to the virus will become infected and approximately 80% will show symptoms. Much like the human influenza infection, dogs who are puppies, older or with health issues are most susceptible to showing severe symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

There are two groups of symptoms: mild and severe. There is a 2-4 day incubation period for the virus before dogs generally show symptoms.

Mild:

•Soft, moist cough lasting 10-30 days

• Lethargy

• Reduced appetite

• Fever

• Sneezing

• Discharge from nose and/or eyes

Severe:

• High Fever

• Clinical signs of Pneumonia:

o Increased respiratory rate

o Trouble breathing

Is there a vaccine for Canine Influenza H3N2?

A very effective vaccine is available through your veterinarian; the vaccine does require a booster before full immunity is obtained. Central Bark is not requiring a vaccine for daycare or boarding but is strongly encouraging everyone to get their dog vaccinated if they regularly attend dog parks and/or daycare/boarding.

Should I be concerned about my dog coming in for daycare/boarding at Central Bark?

Everyone at Central Bark is keeping a very close eye out for symptoms on all dogs who come in for daycare, boarding, and/or grooming but we are urging parents to also keep an observant eye out and not bring in any dog(s) who are exhibiting symptoms and to call their vet immediately.

Want more information? Check out American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Website for more information:AVMA WEBSITE