There have been 72 cases of Canine Influenza reported in Northern California over the past several months. Several have been reported in the Bay Area.
Canine Influenza is a highly contagious upper respiratory disease that easily spreads from dog to dog. This virus can also be present on our skin, clothing, toys, pet bedding, bowls, etc. It is easily transmitted by barking, sneezing and playing around other dogs.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, of those dogs that become infected with Canine Influenza, less than 10% will die due to complications. People don’t need to worry about catching the canine flu, it can, however, infect cats. Cat owners should keep their feline friends away from dogs who might be sick.
Symptoms you should watch for include:
- Lack of appetite
- Rapid breathing
We are highly recommending that all dogs be vaccinated against Canine Influenza.
This vaccination needs to be boostered 2 weeks after the initial vaccination is received. It then takes up to 2 weeks after the second vaccine for the pet to achieve optimal immunity to canine influenza.