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Canine Influenza

It seems to be all over the news right now. Virus' are spreading! Human and animal. It seems like every time you turn on the television there seems to be a new one. Ebola, Zika, the list goes on. 

As is the case for our canine friends as well. We first heard about it in Chicago, then the fire seemed to die down. Now it is back and has moved across the country to the west coast. With new cases being confirmed in Washington state and Montana, many people are wondering where it will go next.

The newest case H3N2 is close. Will it come here? We can't tell. But it never hurts to be informed.

H3N2 is an avian virus that spread to dogs. It can be contracted through direct transmission and contaminated objects. It is highly contagious and can affect any age, breed, sex or health status. It can be difficult to diagnose as symptoms can be similar to other flu virus'. The only way to know for sure is through testing.

Signs of the disease include coughing, sneezing, ocular and nasal discharge, lethargy and anorexia. This virus can have devastating effects on the lungs. Dogs can be ill for quite some time and should be quarantined for at least 3 weeks. If your dog shows any of the above symptoms they should not be taken to common areas such as dog parks, kennels, etc.

As for vaccination, please contact your veterinarian and discuss the correct protocol for your dog.