Canine Influenza Virus
Canine “Flu” is caused by the H3N2 influenza virus, a new viral strain not previously detected in the US. A recent outbreak in dogs has been reported in the Midwest, Texas and California.
This strain is different from the flu virus that infected many dogs in the US in 2009 (H3N8). The only vaccine that is currently available for canine flu may offer some protection against the H3N2 virus, however, this fact remains unknown. The H3N8 flu vaccine is available at Spring Creek Animal Hospital should you desire to vaccinate your pet. The development of a vaccine against the new flu strain is ongoing.
This disease has not come to this part of the country. The upcoming summer months will bring many travelers with pets, placing our dog population at higher risk. Should cases of canine flu begin to show up in Wyoming, our team will alert the community.
The symptoms of CIV are similar to CIRD (kennel cough), however they are generally more severe and can include fever, lethargy and nasal discharge. If your pet should demonstrate any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.
There are no known cases of this virus infecting people.
For more information:
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=3610 (Enter Canine Influenza Virus (H3N2)