We want our clients to be educated as much as we want to keep their pets healthy. Veterinary medicine is constantly changing, and there are always new developments taking place that we want our clients to be aware of. We want to be your primary resource for information pertaining to your pet’s health and care. This page will be updated as new, relevant information arises, so be sure to check in from time to time.
Canine Influenza Concerns
You may have heard about the recent outbreak of canine influenza across various parts of the United States, including Florida, Illinois, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and, last but not least, Texas. The strain we are currently seeing is the H3N2 strain, which first appeared in the U.S. in 2015.
Canine influenza can be quickly transmitted from one dog to the next via respiratory secretions from coughing, sneezing, or even barking. Places where dogs are kept in close quarters, such as shelters, boarding kennels, and daycare facilities, are ideal locations for the virus to spread. Common symptoms of the H3N2 virus include coughing, sneezing, discharge from the eyes and nose, elevated temperature, decreased appetite, and lethargy. If you see any of these signs in your pet, please call us right away so we can treat them. Canine influenza can be a serious threat to puppies, elderly dogs, or dogs that are immunocompromised in some way.
We know that many of you have questions and concerns about canine influenza and pets. The following information has been provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have any questions about Canine Influenza, our doctors are available to discuss the risks with you. We will continue to gather information for you and will post it to our site as it becomes available.
-David Cinclair, DVM