Dog flu, caused by the canine influenza virus (CIV), occurs year-round and can affect dogs of any breed, age, sex or health status. Almost all dogs exposed to the virus become infected, with 80 percent of those infected developing flu-like illness. Although CIV is highly contagious, it does not transfer to people.
The canine influenza virus travels from infected dogs to uninfected dogs through:
- Direct contact
- Coughing, barking and sneezing
- Contaminated objects such as clothing, kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes
- People handling or moving between infected and uninfected dogs
Symptoms range from mild to severe and include:
- Nasal or eye discharge
- Reduced appetite
Please seek veterinary care if you believe your dog has been exposed to influenza or you are noticing any of the above symptoms. The best care for Canine Influenza is preventative care. Visit our services page for pricing on our Canine Influenza vaccine packages.