CURRENT UPDATE FOR THE DOG FLU AND LEPTOSPIROSIS EPIDEMICS IN LA COUNTY!
The canine influenza H3N2 (CIV H3N2) outbreak continues to spread in Los Angeles County (LAC). At least 67 daycare and boarding kennels have been affected and the virus was introduced into two animal shelters. Veterinary facilities have also been found to be sources of exposure for a number of pets for canine influenza, possibly when sick or coughing dogs come in contact with other pets both inside and outside of the veterinary clinic. The H3N8 variant has NOT been identified in California.
In preparation for the upcoming holidays and the anticipated surge in attendance at boarding kennels or daycare facilities for LAC pets, it is important that dogs be vaccinated for both CIV H3N2 and leptospirosis before entering a congregate facility or going to dog parks and grooming shops.
Current outbreak status:
Canine Influenza H3N2:
• Over 1324 reported confirmed and suspected cases and 12 reported deaths in LA County
• 67 pet daycare and boarding kennels and two animal shelters affected
• Some pets have been infected at dog parks, while on walks, and where they come near other dogs.
• Cases of CIV H3N2 are being reported in the surrounding counties as well.
• 170 reported confirmed and suspected cases and 10 reported deaths in LA County.
• Most cases associated with boarding, daycare, dog parks, primarily in West LA and Santa Monica area.
• Some cases associated with exposure on walks around the neighborhood. Leptospirosis is spread dog to dog and wild life to dog via urine contamination.
Please contact us for a vaccine appointment if your dog is not current on these vaccines. These vaccines are very high quality and I trust them with my own pooches!