The state of Nevada now has confirmed cases of Canine Influenza (H3N8 and H3N2), also known as the Dog Flu. Although contained in the Las Vegas Valley area, cases are increasing nationwide. We highly recommend that dog owners ensure that their dogs are fully vaccinated and that they are fully vaccinated against Canine Influenza.
What is Canine Influenza (Dog Flu)?
Canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is caused by the influenza virus (CIV) Type A. There are 2 known strains in the United States: H3N8 and H3N2. These viruses are most commonly spread through:
- direct dog contact; sniffing, licking, nuzzling
- airborne; through the air from coughing and sneezing
- contaminated surfaces; sharing water bowls or toys
- contaminated humans with viruses on their hands or clothing
What are the symptoms of Canine Influenza (Dog Flu)?
Although most cases are mild, up to 20% of infected dogs will have moderate to severe illness. The most common symptoms include:
- coughing and dry heaving
- nasal and/or ocular discharge
- decreased appetite
Symptoms may take 2-8 days to manifest. If left untreated, Canine Influenza can turn into Pneumonia and become fatal.
Due to its highly contagious nature, we ask clients to call us with questions and concerns and to be given instructions prior to visiting the hospital to ensure the safety of all hospital patients.
Written by: Jewel M.Gee, MBA