Be sure to have your pet's vaccinations updated if they are due or will be due during your travel. Diseases such as rabies, distemper, parvo and lepto are ever-present dangers and necessary precautions should be taken.
NEW VACCINE for Canine Influenza Virus 2017.
Vaccines are available for both the H3N8 and H3N2 strains of canine influenza virus. The CIV vaccination is a "lifestyle" vaccination, recommended for dogs at risk of exposure due to their increased exposure to other dogs and travel– such as visiting dog parks, boarding, grooming, training classes, attending social events with dogs present, etc..
What is Canine Influenza Virus?
Canine influenza (CI, or dog flu) is caused by the canine influenza virus (CIV), an influenza A virus. It is highly contagious and easily spread from infected dogs to other dogs by direct contact, nasal secretions (through barking, coughing or sneezing), contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes), and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. Dogs of any breed, age, sex or health status are at risk of infection when exposed to the virus. Currently, two strains of CIV have been identified in the U.S. Canine influenza can occur year round. So far, there is no evidence that canine influenza infects people. Because this is still an emerging disease and dogs in the U.S. have not been exposed to it before, almost all dogs, regardless of breed or age, lack immunity to it and are susceptible to infection if exposed to the active virus. Virtually all dogs exposed to the virus become infected, and nearly 80% show clinical signs of disease.
Canine influenza and cats
In early 2016, a group of cats in an Indiana shelter were infected with H3N2 canine influenza (passed to them by infected dogs). The findings suggested that cat-to-cat transmission was possible. Cats infected with H3N2 canine influenza show symptoms of upper respiratory illness, including a runny nose, congestion, malaise, lip smacking and excessive salivation.
Canine influenza symptoms and diagnosis
The symptoms of a CIV infection resemble those of canine infectious tracheobronchitis ("kennel cough"). Dogs infected with CIV develop a persistent cough and may develop a thick nasal discharge and fever (often 104-105oF). Other signs can include lethargy, eye discharge and reduced appetite. Canine influenza infections can cause mild to severe illness in dogs. Around 20% of infected dogs may not show any signs of illness, but still be contagious and able to infect other dogs.
Most dogs recover within 2-3 weeks with proper veterinary treatment. However, some dogs may develop secondary bacterial infections which may lead to more severe illness and pneumonia. Anyone with concerns about their pet’s health, who is or will be traveling with their pet or whose pet is showing signs of canine influenza, should contact their veterinarian.
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