Canine Influenza (CIV) has recently been reported in the Chicago area. While it has not yet been reported in Indiana, it is a highly contagious disease and Chicago is only a short drive away. Will it reach us in Central Indiana? It seems very possible in this highly mobile society where we frequently travel with our pets. WE ARE CURRENTLY DISCOURAGING TRAVEL TO THE CHICAGO AREA AND LOCAL DOG PARKS FOR THE TIME BEING. Merck Animal Health has reported a summary of the Canine Influenza cases in the Chicago area and stated that “Most CIV-infected dogs show only mild symptoms, but some dos become very sick and require veterinary treatment. The clinical signs of canine influenza virus (CIV) infection usually begin less than 5 days after infection and are very similar to those of infectious tracheobronchitis or canine cough…. The virus can spread by direct contact with respiratory discharge from infected dogs, through the air via a cough, bark, or sneeze, and by contact with contaminated objects such as dog bowls and clothing.
The Indiana Veterinary Medical Association has issued an important list to share with pet owners:
As a pet owner, here are five important things you need to know:
- 1. Dog owners who are traveling are advised to keep their dogs separated from all other dogs. Dog owners visiting Chicago should not take their dogs with them. With spring break and holiday travel, it is best to be safe than sorry. If you are boarding your dog in a kennel, be sure to give the kennel the authority to be treated by a veterinarian if needed.
- People can’t get this influenza. It is transmitted between dogs.
- Signs of canine influenza may mimic other illness but may include: A dry hacking cough Coughing up a white, foamy phlegm. Lethargy Vomiting Lack of appetite Runny nose Rapid breathing.
- Here is a website for additional information: https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/FAQs/Pages/Control-of-Canine-Influenza-in-Dogs.aspx 5. Always contact your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns.
Angel Animal Hospital currently carries the vaccination for Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) for dogs and is recommending vaccination to dog owners whose dogs have exposure to other dogs not living in their own household or immediate group. Exposure to other dogs not from their household
- Neighbor dogs
- Doggy Day Care
- Exposure to dog parks
- Travel to areas where other dogs from other areas will be or have been
For more information on Canine Influenza Virus, please visit http://www.doginfluenza.com