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Northern California Dog Flu Alert 

What You Need to Know

You may have heard on the news the alert regarding Canine Influenza Virus (CIV). Cases of CIV, sometimes known as the Dog Flu, have been confirmed in the South Bay. CIV is a highly contagious disease that is treatable, but may pose a serious health risk to certain individual dogs. The virus is transmitted through direct dog contact or coughing and sneezing in places such as doggie daycare facilities, boarding facilities, groomers, dog parks, training classes, dog shows, or anywhere that dogs frequently meet and play. The virus can also be transmitted by contact with contaminated hands, clothing or other surfaces such as sidewalks, benches, grass, etc.

Symptoms of Dog Flu in California

Symptoms of dog flu as we've seen it in our California pets include coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, loss of appetite, or fever. If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, please call us immediately, and DO NOT let your dog interact with other dogs for at least 30 days following the onset of symptoms. We will schedule an appointment to determine the likelihood that your dog has contracted CIV including whether laboratory testing is advised, assess the seriousness of your dog’s symptoms, and give supportive medication as needed.

Common signs are:

  • Coughing and/or retching 
  • Sneezing Nasal
  • and/or eye discharge 
  • Decreased appetite 
  • Fever or lethargy (lack of energy)

High fever and pneumonia may be seen in more severe cases. 

These clinical signs can last from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending upon the severity of the disease. There is a vaccine available to protect dogs prior to infection. There are currently 2 strains of CIV in the United States and both have been reported in California. The best protection is to administer the bi-valent vaccination that protects against both strains of CIV prior to virus exposure. Once a pet has been exposed or exhibits symptoms, the vaccine does not provide protection. Pet’s Friend is carrying the Nobivac Canine Flu Bivalent by Merck. Please call us if you would like to discuss the risk factors and whether vaccinating is appropriate for your dog.

The virus is not infectious to humans and is not seasonal like the human flu. For more information, please visit the AVMA website.

**If you think your dog might have canine influenza give us a call 408-739-2688 to schedule an appointment**

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