Canine Influenza


What is canine influenza (dog flu)?

Canine influenza (also known as dog flu) is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by specific Type A influenza viruses known to infect dogs. These are called “canine influenza viruses.” Dog flu is a disease of dogs. No human infections with canine influenza have ever been reported. There are two different influenza A dog flu viruses: one is an H3N8 virus and the other is an H3N2 virus.

Vaccine Facts: (We have vaccines available)
– Killed H3N8 ( different strain than current outbreak but should have cross protection)
– Licensed to decrease severity of the clinical signs and length of disease NOT prevention of disease
– Can be started at 6 weeks of age
– Booster at 3 weeks ( very important to booster no earlier than 2 weeks and no later than 4 weeks after the first shot)
– After initial series, recommend annual booster

More Information can be gained by going to our Library Handouts section. Or visiting the CDC Canine Influenza page by clicking the link.

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