If you have been keeping up with any of the national news outlets you have probably heard about the Canine Influenza outbreak in and around the Chicago area, which spread to 23 states within 5 months. Another hot spot was Georgia. The strain found in both outbreaks was H3N2.
The Canine Influenza Virus (CIV H3N2 and H3N8) is a highly contagious infection. Canine influenza is spread via coughing, barking and sneezing and contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes) and people moving between infected and uninfected dogs.
The virus can remain viable (alive and able to infect) on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and on hands for 12 hours.
Canine influenza viruses are relatively new viruses, so virtually all dogs are susceptible to infection when they are newly exposed because they have not built up natural immunity. Most dogs that develop CIV infection have a mild illness, but some dogs become very sick and require treatment.
Please note that both Influenza strains can cause high fever, loss of appetite, coughing, nasal discharge, and lethargy. Symptoms may be more severe in cases caused by the H3N2 virus. Some infected dogs may not show symptoms at all.
For more information on this illness you can call us at 473-0111, go to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PetCareVet/ or go to http://www.doginfluenza.com/