Recent reports have indicated that a dog in San Gabriel Valley has tested positive for H3N2 Canine Influenza. The disease is highly contagious, but there is a vaccine available. At Petsadena Animal Hospital in Pasadena, we want to make sure all dogs in our area are safe from canine influenza. In addition to carrying the vaccine, we’ve compiled some information on what you need to know about Canine Influenza.
What is canine influenza?
Also known as the dog flu, canine influenza is a respiratory disease that is highly contagious among dogs. Symptoms can include: coughing, fever, runny nose, and in some cases, pneumonia. There are two strains of canine influenza: H3N8 and H3N2.
Is my dog at risk?
Canine influenza is a relatively new disease in the United States which means the dogs do not have immunity to it. Nearly all dogs exposed to canine influenza will become infected with the disease. Most of those cases will be mild.
Risk factors can vary, although dogs that are boarded frequently or spend time around other dogs frequently at dog parks, grooming salons, or doggy daycares are at a higher risk. Older dogs, puppies, pregnant dogs, and those that have immune conditions may be more susceptible to severe infections.
How is canine influenza spread?
The illness tends to spread most among dogs that are in shelters or kennels. Its most frequently transmitted when uninfected dogs come into contact with objects that have been coughed or sneezed on by infected dogs.
How is it treated?
Canine influenza is typically treated by managing symptoms. This often means medication and fluids to make the dog more comfortable. Antibiotics may be necessary if there is a bacterial infection present.
What can I do to prevent it?
You can protect your dog through the canine influenza vaccine which is being offered by Dr. Sagastume at the Petsadena Animal Hospital. Call us today to learn more about the vaccine and to schedule your visit.