The Dog Influenza - One year after the outbreaks
By Jennifer Sette
Canine Influenza is an infectious respiratory disease that was first discovered in the US in 2003. The original Canine flu strain called H3N8 mutated from horses to dogs. In 2015, just over 1 1/2 year ago, another strain name H3N2 emerged and made headlines around the country when outbreaks occurred in Chicago, and Grand Rapids that lead to death. The H3N2 strain is avian in origin and was first isolated in sick dogs from Asia in 2006. In March 2015 outbreaks lead to testing and isolation of this strain in an IDEXX laboratory.
Canine Influenza H3N2 causes a high death rate and exposed dogs can shed the virus for 20 days, 3-4 of those being before the first signs of the disease. Since the outbreak, there have been many accounts of the virus in kennels, doggie day cares, and veterinary hospitals around the country. Although we have not had specifically documented cases in West Virginia it is safe to bet the virus is here as well. It is not possible to test for every possible virus or disease that fits the signs a pet is exhibiting, so H3N2 may just not be tested for in cases where it is the cause of illness and death.
Infection can spread quickly in areas where dogs comingle. Clinical signs are typically seen within 24-72 hours and include coughing, tiredness, no desire to eat, fever, nasal and eye discharge, vomiting and diarrhea, and eventually pneumonia. While sanitation and isolation procedures can help stop the disease spread, they have no effect on the disease shedding. Unfortunately many pet owners are unaware that their dog is at risk for canine influenza. Our hospital recommends all dogs that spend time with other dogs, especially at dog parks, doggie day care, at a groomer or boarding facility, vaccinate their dogs for both strains of Canine Influenza. If you travel with your pet you should also vaccinate your dog.
Appointments to get these vaccinations for your dog can be made at 304-757-2287 or online at www.hurricaneanimalcare.com
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