CIV H3N2 has been confirmed in Washington State
Canine influenza, or dog flu has been diagnosed in dogs for several years. But a new strain called H3N2 has been found in more than 25 states since April 2015. In Chicago, this new virus sickened more than a thousand dogs during the first outbreak in the United States. Now, Public Health Seattle & King County veterinarian Beth Lipton has confirmed two dogs who developed respiratory disease while boarding at a Kent boarding kennel in late December/early January have been confirmed to have canine influenza H3N2.
H3N2 is extremely contagious, and some dogs will show symptoms in as little as 24 hours after infection, and it can be contagious for up to 24 days. Humans can't get the virus but they can transmit it from one dog to another.
The American Veterinary Medical Association said symptoms for H3N2 include:
- soft, moist cough that persists for 10 to 30 days
- reduced appetite
- sneezing and discharge from the eyes and/or nose
- thick nasal discharge
"Most dogs who get it will get sick, but recover within a few days," said Dr. Lipton " But some animals will go on to get pneumonia, and some of those will die from it."
Vaccination is available for canine influenza H3N2 strain.
In most cases, we recommend this new vaccine to dogs who are:
- Social-like to play with other dogs or go to dog parks.
- Going to grooming parlors, daycare and/or boarding facilities.
- Immunocompromised or visit a veterinary clinic often.
- Living in a multifamily complex, such as an apartment building where shared spaces exist-like hallways, backyards and elevators.
Initially, this new vaccine is given in a series of two injections separated by 2-4 weeks. It can be given to any pet over 6 weeks of age. Protection against this virus is achieved 2 weeks after the second vaccine. After the initial series, it is repeated yearly.
Please call for an appointment to vaccinate your dog: 360-892-1440