Dog Flu and You, What You Need to Know

We’ve been keeping our eyes on the spread of the Dog Flu (Canine Influenza Virus) for several years, and it is starting to get a little too close for our comfort. Our neighbors over in Western Arkansas are beginning to confirm cases of dogs with the H2N3 which is the most severe strain.

This highly contagious virus causes coughing, lethargy, loss of appetite, runny nose, and a high-grade fever. It also has an 8% mortality rate, meaning that out of 100 infected dogs, 8 of them could die. Much like the human flu, there is no medicine to treat the Dog Flu, only supportive care. It is spread through droplets from sneezing or coughing from an infected dog, contact with contaminated objects like a ball or toy, or direct contact with infected pets.

Important Update Regarding the Spread of the Deadly Canine Influenza Virus

We’ve been keeping our eyes on the spread of the Dog Flu (Canine Influenza Virus) for several years, and it is starting to get a little too close for our comfort. Our neighbors over in Western Arkansas are beginning to confirm cases of dogs with the H2N3 which is the most severe strain.

This highly contagious virus causes coughing, lethargy, loss of appetite, runny nose, and a high-grade fever. It also has an 8% mortality rate, meaning that out of 100 infected dogs, 8 of them could die.

Much like the human flu, there is no medicine to treat the Dog Flu, only supportive care. It is spread through droplets from sneezing or coughing from an infected dog, contact with contaminated objects like a ball or toy, or direct contact with infected pets.

We want to help as many dogs as we can get protected from this deadly virus, so we are hosting our very own Dog Flu Vaccine Clinic! This will happen every Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30, and every Sunday morning from 10-noon, starting on July 19th and ending September 30th.

Keep in mind, the vaccination DOES NOT guarantee that a dog won’t become infected but it does decrease severity of the symptoms and decrease the time of contagion.

Unfortunately, the Dog Flu vaccine is a bit pricey.  In an effort to get as many dogs vaccinated in the shortest amount of time we are offering these vaccinations at a substantial discount.  In our region the pricing for the Dog Flu vaccine is in the $40-50 per dose but we will be offering for $29.50 per dose for our clients.

The initial series does require TWO vaccinations two weeks apart and then an annual booster.  We will be going to our normal price of $41.00 on October 1st.

We also want to make this clinic as efficient as possible, so we have some eligibility requirements. Be sure to call us regarding you pets eligibility. We have those requirements listed below as well.

This virus is highly contagious, and its effects can be deadly, but we don’t want people to panic.  We are just getting out ahead of it for when it does get here because IT WILL.  You can keep up with the event posted on Facebook, and feel free to call us with any questions or concerns you may have about the dog flu.

SAHO Canine Influenza Vaccine Clinic

We want to help as many dogs as we can get protected from this deadly virus, so we are hosting our very own Dog Flu Vaccine Clinic! This will happen every Thursday evening and every Sunday morning until September 30th. Let’s keep this nasty bug from spreading. Come by and get your dog up-to-date on this vaccine at a discounted price!

Keep in mind, the vaccination DOES NOT guarantee that a dog won’t become infected but it does decrease severity of the symptoms and decrease the time of contagion.

When:

Starting July 19th, and Ending September 30th

Every Sunday from 10:00am – 12:00pm

Every Thursday from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where:

SAHO Animal Hospital of Owasso. Enter at the West side of the building.

We will have banners posted!

Price:

The clinic price is $29.50 per dose**

We will go back to our regular price of $41.00 per dose on October 1st.

 

**This vaccine requires a booster vaccine to be administered 2-4 weeks after the first administration. This booster MUST be administered in a timely manner, so we recommend scheduling a booster appointment the day that your pet gets their first CIV (Canine Influenza Virus) vaccine**

 

 

Be sure to keep up with this event on Facebook!

Canine Influenza Vaccine Clinic Eligibility Requirements:

Is your dog over 8 weeks old?

All dogs must be over 8 weeks old to receive this vaccine.

Has your dog been examined by a veterinarian at SAHO within the past 12 months?

Laws governing the practice of veterinary medicine require an examination to be performed on all new patients before vaccines can be administered. Thus, all new patients and those who have not been examined by SAHO in the past 12 months must schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to be eligible for the Flu Vaccine Clinic. We will honor the special CIV (Canine Inuenza Virus) vaccine pricing along with the price of the examination ($51.00) at those appointments from July 19th – Sept. 30th. After this exam is performed, those patients can come back to the vaccine clinic to get the booster vaccine.

Has your dog shown any signs of illness recently?

If your pet is experiencing any type of symptoms that you would like a veterinarian to discuss with you in more detail, we ask that you please schedule a separate appointment. At the Flu Vaccine Clinic, a Pet Nurse will perform a quick evaluation to make sure the pet appears healthy before administering the vaccine. If the Pet Nurse identies an issue that needs to be addressed by a veterinarian, they will point it out, and we will help set up an appointment accordingly.

Is your dog due for any other vaccines?

If your dog is due for any other vaccines and you would like to have them updated when you come in, we ask that you please make an appointment instead. We will honor the discounted CIV (Canine Inuenza Virus) Vaccine price on appointments scheduled from July 19th- September 30th, and it will be remain at the discounted price as an add-on to our Annual Wellness Package.

If you have any questions regarding your pet’s eligibility, please feel free to call us at 918-274-8387, SAHO Animal Hospital.

Canine Influenza Virus FAQ

  • Dog flu is a contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by two specific Type A canine influenza viruses (CIVs): H3N2 and H3N8.
  • The “new” strain, CIV H3N2, was identified in Asia in 2006 and in the U.S. in 2015 during a major outbreak of respiratory illness in Chicago.
  • The other strain of dog flu, CIV H3N8, was first identified in the U.S. in 2004. In 2017, dogs in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois and other states were diagnosed with CIV H3N2.
  • Zoetis provides the Vanguard CIV H3N2/H3N8 vaccine for protection against both highly contagious strains of CIV.
  • Symptoms of dog flu may include reduced appetite, high fever, cough, runny nose and lethargy.
  • Dog flu symptoms are similar to those of other bacterial and viral causes associated with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD).
  • Symptoms can last for several weeks.
  • As with flu in humans, symptoms and severity of infection may vary from dog to dog.
  • Dogs with CIV H3N2 infection may show more severe signs than dogs with CIV H3N8, or they may show very mild signs of infection.
  • Both CIV H3N2 and CIV H3N8 are contagious, and nearly all dogs exposed to dog flu will become infected. About 80% of infected dogs will show symptoms.
  • Severity may be different from dog to dog.
  • Both types can cause serious illness in dogs that are very young or very old, as well as dogs with weakened immune systems.
  • The death rate for dog flu in general is less than 10%.
  • Your veterinarian can discuss your dog’s individual risks and help decide on the best prevention plan for your dog.
  • Dogs catch the flu from each other in some of the same ways we pass flu among ourselves:
  • Droplets from sneezing or coughing from an infected dog.
  • Contact with contaminated objects like a ball or toy.
  • Contact with infected pets or objects at dog parks, day cares, groomers and more.
  • The virus can survive on your hands for up to 12 hours and on clothing for up to 24 hours — so even though humans don’t become infected or sick with CIV, we can still transmit the virus to dogs.
  • Yes, since releasing the first vaccine for CIV H3N2 in 2015, Zoetis has introduced a bivalent (dual purpose) vaccine for both dog flu strains.
  • Vanguard CIV H3N2 is available through your veterinarian and helps protect your dog from outbreaks.
  • It is indicated for vaccination of healthy dogs 8 weeks of age or older as an aid in the control of disease associated with infection.
  • The vaccine is recommended for dogs in regular contact with other dogs at public or private facilities and events.
  • The CIV H3N8 vaccine has not been shown to cross protect for CIV H3N2.
  • When vaccinating dogs to help prevent respiratory infections, it is important to understand that vaccination does not guarantee that a dog won’t become infected. It should be anticipated that vaccination will help to reduce the severity of signs of infection and help to decrease the amount of time that dogs will be capable of spreading the infection.
  • Generally speaking, flu shots are specific for strains of influenza.
  • A single vaccine for both flu strains, Vanguard CIV H3N2/H3N8, is now available.
  • Dog flu cannot be cured with medication.
  • Supportive care is available — sometimes it is as basic as making sure a dog is resting, eating and staying well-hydrated.
  • Sometimes antibiotics and other medications also are given to help ease signs of infection or guard against secondary infections.
  • Your veterinarian can talk with you about specific treatment options for your dog’s infection.
  • Keep pets with signs of respiratory infection away from other pets until your veterinarian tells you otherwise.
  • If there is a dog flu outbreak in your area, exposure may be increased wherever dogs are in close contact, such as dog parks, pet day care centers and communal water bowls.
  • Wash your dog’s toys, bowls and bedding regularly.
  • When you’ve come into contact with other dogs, even if they don’t appear sick, wash your hands and change clothes before handling your own pet.
  • Avoid contact with sick or possibly exposed dogs, as the virus can persist on clothing and other surfaces for at least 24 hours.
  • If you are concerned that your pet may be showing signs of dog flu, contact your veterinarian and keep your dog at home.
  • Until you’ve received examination or test results from your veterinarian, keep your dog separated from other pets.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling your sick pet.
  • Vaccinating your dog may also help to keep other dogs safe if there is a risk of a dog flu outbreak in your area.
  • There is no evidence that either CIV H3N2 or H3N8 can be transmitted to humans.
  • Yes, CIV H3N2 has been documented to cause infection and respiratory illness in cats.
  • There is no evidence that CIV H3N8 can lead to disease in cats.

Used with permission from Zoetis