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Canine Influenza Update

June 19, 2015

There have been two confirmed cases of the H3N2 strain of influenza in shelter dogs. We have not seen any cases in our hospital. Much like human influenza, this is a contagious virus that is passed through direct contact with an infected dog or body fluids. Symptoms include coughing, lethargy, fever, decreased appetite. At this time, there is no vaccine for this strain of influenza although we can test suspected cases. Treatment is typically supportive (much like when people get sick) and most dogs recover without long term issues. Use caution when taking your dogs to dog parks or other areas with a lot of dogs (training classes, daycare, boarding). If your dog is experiencing any potential symptoms, please do not bring them around other dogs and have them see a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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