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Canine Influenza

10 Facts About Canine Influenza Virus

Veterinarian examining a dog
Veterinarian examining a dog

I​f the recent news reports of the Canine Influenza virus have got you worried, we want to help assuage your fears. Here are a few facts that may help:

  1. The Canine Flu has been in the US since 2005.

  2. The latest strain (H3N2) was first reported in 2015. It is more contagious and may make dogs sicker than the earlier H3N8.

  3. As of June 23, 2017, there have been 7 reported cases in Texas, only 2 of which are in the DFW area (compared to thousands of cases in humans).

  4. H3N2 is airborne (just like the human flu) but can easily be killed with good hygiene and sanitation.

  5. You are much more likely to catch the flu than your dog.

  6. You cannot catch the flu from your dog.

  7. Dogs are most susceptible if they attend dog shows, agility trials or events that have large groups of dogs that travel from different areas.

  8. There is a vaccine available if you think your dog might be at risk (we have it in stock). Your veterinarian can help you make this decision.

  9. If your dog has a cough or flu like symptoms you should contact your veterinarian to determine the best way to treat your dog.

  10. Your dog is more likely to get sick from heartworms, distemper, parvo or many other diseases (for which routine vaccinations are recommended), than the flu. (Heartworms are also preventable with a 6 month injection or a monthly preventative.)

If you are still concerned about your fur baby getting sick, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss your concerns and help you make an informed decision about how to best care for your pet.

You can read more about Canine Influenza at the CDC’s web site.