canine flu h3n8 h3n2 strainsWhat is the Dog Flu?

  • The Dog Flu is a contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by 2 specific type A canine influenza viruses H3N2 and H3N8.

What are the symptoms of the Dog Flu?

  • Symptoms may include decreased appetite, high fever, cough, runny nose and lethargy.
  • Symptoms can last for several months
  • As with the flu in humans, symptoms and severity of infection may vary from dog to dog.

How is it transmitted:

  • Dogs catch the flu from each other by droplets from sneezing or coughing from another dog.
  • Contact with contaminated objects like a ball or toy
  • Contact with infected pets or objects at dog parks, daycares, grooming facilities and more.
  • The virus can survive on your hands for up to 12 hours and on clothing up to 24 hours.

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Our hospital now carries the Vangaurd CIV H3N2/H3N8, a bivalent canine flu vaccine with demonstrated safety and efficacy for protection against both highly contagious H3N2 and H3N8 strains of canine influenza virus.

Call our office today to find out more information about the disease and vaccine and we can schedule your visit!