CANINE INFLUENZA – WHAT TO KNOW
What is H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus?
* It is a very contagious influenza virus that infects dogs. It causes a respiratory infection in dogs that is also known as “dog flu”.
Common symptoms include:
* Sneezing, nasal discharge, and frequent coughing that can last for 2 weeks or more.
* Many dogs have a fever, decreased appetite, and lethargy during the first few days of illness.
What should I do if my dog has canine flu symptoms?
If you notice any respiratory symptoms, call us immediately before bringing your pet.
If your pet is otherwise healthy, schedule an appointment at (786) 401-6303 for an exam and to get your dog vaccinated ASAP against the Canine Influenza Virus H3N2.
Just like human flu vaccines, the H3N2 CIV vaccine may not completely prevent infection but will make it less likely.
Additionally, if a vaccinated dog does get infected, the disease is likely to be more mild and of shorter duration.
*Summarized from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine article. Click on this link for more information UF Canine Influenza Information