There has been a serious outbreak of the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) in the Midwest. The outbreak, which originated in Chicago, has spread to neighboring states as dogs visiting the area had contracted the virus.
The virus strain identified in Chicago is the H3N2 canine influenza virus, which can be more severe than the original virus (H3N8). The H3N2 virus can cause infection and respiratory illness in cats, as well as dogs.
Canine Influenza, commonly referred to as Dog Flu, is a highly contagious, respiratory disease that causes coughing, nasal discharge, fever, and in more severe cases pneumonia.
Since infection rates in exposed dogs approaches 100% and, of those, 50-80% will become ill, we recommend the Canine Influenza vaccine for our patients that are "at risk" due to lifestyle.
Does your pet:
- Board at a kennel or go to doggie day care?
- Visit a groomer or dog park?
- Engage and play with other dogs?
- Attend group training or dog "events"?
If so, your pet should be vaccinated against Dog Flu.
Please call our office at (973) 467-1700 for additional information and to schedule an appointment to get your pet vaccinated.