Canine Influenza Virus in the Summer

Jul 23, 2014 @ 03:13 PM — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital
Tagged with: Canine

If boarding or traveling, be sure to have your Canine Influenza Virus Vaccine.

For dogs the summer brings travel, boarding, grooming, dog parks, and visiting friends and family. Just like people, more contact with others increases chances of exposure to the flu. Since statistics say that every unvaccinated dog exposed to CIV will contract the disease, and that 20% will contract serious pneumonia from the infection, and up to 8% may die from it, we recommend vaccinating all dogs.

What began as an isolated episode of respiratory disease in one state years ago has now become a nationwide health concern for all dogs.  This is not surprising, given that:

  • CIV is a new virus, and dogs have no natural immunity to it
  • Dogs are mobile and move from or through affected states - especially rescue dogs and dogs that travel with their owners
  • Many dogs are boarded, go to daycare, dog parks, or grooming facilities where close contact to other dogs puts them at higher risk

Wherever dogs congregate, CIV is easily spread by:

  • Direct contact, such as when dogs kiss, lick, or nuzzle each other
  • Droplets in the air from a cough or sneeze
  • Contaminated objects, such as doggie bowls, doorknobs, clothing, or a tossed stick in the park
  • The hands of pet owners or handlers

Dogs not previously vaccinated will require a series of two vaccines, two weeks apart.  Be sure to plan enough time for complete immunity before traveling, boarding, grooming, or having fun at the dog park. 

To keep your dog healthy and happy during the summer, please call our office today if your dog is unprotected.

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