How Canine Influenza affects your pet!

Recently, you may have heard about Canine Influenza Virus affecting animals in North Carolina. From this recent outbreak, there have been two confirmed Canine Influenza (CIV) related deaths in North Carolina. Both of which were in the Eastern part of our state. We recommend any pets that frequent dog parks, boarding facilities, grooming facilities or are taken to areas where dogs can roam and play together be vaccinated for Canine Influenza. This disease can be spread quickly among social dogs by direct contact, through the air and by contact with contaminated clothing, water bowls and toys.

Signs of CIV include:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Lack of energy
  • nasal or eye discharge
  • loss of appetite

If your pet is showing signs of the illness, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Atlantic Animal Hospital offers a bivalent vaccination for canines, that protects for the two primary strains of canine influenza (H3N2 and H3N8). If your pet has never received the CIV vaccination before, then it should be boostered 2-4 weeks later to provide sufficient protection. After completing the two vaccination initial series, annual vaccination is recommended.

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