We take the health and safety of your pets very seriously. Local veterinarians are closely watching the spread of the Canine Flu. Now that there has been a confirmed case of the H3N2 Dog Flu in Toledo, pet owners need to be more vigilant and consider getting their dogs the vaccine.
Also be aware that local pet sitting locations like Inn The Doghouse are requiring dogs at their facility to have this vaccination. The vaccine is a 2-part vaccine that must be given 2-6 weeks apart to ensure efficacy. They are working with Lakewood Animal Hospital and will be setting up a Walk-in Clinic in November.
Their notice states, “Our goal is to have proof of the first part of the vaccination by December 1st, and proof of the second part of the vaccine by February 1st for every dog that visits ITD. We live in a social, densely populated community and we only want to protect our beloved pets.”
FAQs About Canine Influenza
What are the symptoms of Canine Influenza?
The symptoms of CIV infection resemble those of “Kennel Cough”, with a persistent cough lasting 10-30 days, lethargy, loss of appetite and a fever. Dogs may also develop sneezing and nasal and eye discharge. More serious cases may develop a high fever (104 – 106 degrees) and clinical signs of pneumonia. It is recommended that dogs diagnosed with Canine Influenza should be isolated from other dogs for 4 weeks.
How is Canine Influenza diagnosed?
The Dog Flu cannot be diagnosed by clinical signs because it can resemble other canine respiratory illnesses. Tests are available to diagnose and identify the strain of influenza.
How is the Dog Flu Transmitted?
Canine Influenza is spread through coughing, barking, and sneezing. It can also be transmitted through objects such as water bowls, kennels, collars and leashes. There is no evidence of transmission of the canine influenza virus from dogs to people. However, it has been transmitted from dogs to cats. Currently, there is no Canine Influenza vaccine for cats.
How contagious is the Dog Flu and could my dog die?
Canine Influenza is highly contagious with more than 80% of dogs exposed to the virus contracting the Dog Flu. Most dogs recover in 2-3 weeks. Fatal cases resulting in pneumonia have been reported in dogs, but the fatality rate is low at less than 10%.
How can ITD help prevent the spread of Canine Influenza?
Initially by requiring dogs to be vaccinated for the virus and acute observation in changes of dogs behavior or coughing. In addition, the virus appears to be easily killed by disinfectants commonly used in daycare and boarding facilities. We are committed to educating our staff on best practices for health and cleanliness.
Additional information on Canine Influenza can be found through this link: American Veterinary Medical Foundation