California veterinarians have confirmed outbreaks of the canine H3N2 Influenza virus. It is currently recommended that dogs that socially interact with other dogs should be vaccinated against the H3N2 canine influenza virus.
Quick Flu Facts:
- 8% of infected dogs will die.
- It has a very short incubation period of only 3-4 days so your dog will be sick very quickly after exposure.
- 20% will get bacterial pneumonia and need to be hospitalized.
- 95% cough and have labored breathing.
- 63% have a poor appetite.
- 70% are lethargic.
- 58% have a very high fever up to 105 degrees.
- 50% get severe nasal and eye discharge.
- 27% vomit.
- The cough can last for 60 days.
- These dogs shed virus and can infect other dogs for 3 weeks.
- The virus is transmitted by sharing water bowls and toys and by being exposed to a coughing dog from up to 30 feet away.
- This is a reportable disease and symptomatic dogs need to be quarantined for 3 weeks.
Family Pet Clinic of Redondo Beach is hoping to confer “herd immunity” to all of our canine patients so that we never have to handle a local “pandemic”. Dogs need an initial dose and then a booster dose 2-4 weeks later, then annually. This is a very safe vaccine.
Dr. Kimberly Daffner
Family Pet Clinic of Redondo Beach