Dog flu is on the rise nationwide and
cases have been recently reported in California. Vaccination has
been proven to be effective to stop the spread of this infectious
What is dog flu?
Canine influenza is a highly contagious
respiratory disease that is caused by canine influenza virus (CIV)
Type A There are 2 known strains in the United States: H3N8 and
H3N2. Most unvaccinated dogs are susceptible to infection by both
Which dogs are at risk?
Any dog can be at risk for canine
influenza regardless of age, sex, or breed. However, dogs that visit
doggie day cares, boarding kennels, and dog parks, or attend dog
events are more at risk.
How is canine influenza spread?
Canine Influenza spreads the same way
as the common cold in humans. Canine influenza viruses are most
commonly spread through direct contact (sniffing, licking, nuzzling);
through the air (coughing and sneezing); via contaminated surfaces
(sharing water bowls or toys); or through contaminated humans (with
viruses on their hands or clothing).
Where could my dog catch canine
The more your dog socializes with other
dogs, the higher the risk of contracting canine influenza and other
infectious respiratory diseases.
What are the clinical signs of
Coughing and retching
Nasal and/or ocular discharge
How can dog flu be prevented?
Vaccination is a great way to prevent the spread of infectious disease like dog flu. Call us today a 707 443 8686 for more information, or stop by during our walk-in hours of 9am to 5pm Monday – Friday or Saturday's during our vaccine clinic from 12 to 1.