Canine Influenza

By February 7, 2018Uncategorized

By now you probably know that the Canine Influenza has confirmed cases in Northern California.  Some interesting factoids are:

  • It spreads by air, hands or clothing.  It does live on surfaces for 48 hours. 
  • You can kill the virus by using diluted bleach for 10 minutes. 
  • Symptoms appear about 2-3 days after exposure.
  • Dogs shed the virus before showing signs.
  • Testing should be done within 3-4 days of clinical signs.
  • Symptoms last 2-3 weeks.
  • Most dogs recover on medication without hospitalization.

Symptoms are:

  • A cough
  • Runny eyes and or nose
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • In cats, they have a nasal discharge and congestion, lethargy, lip-smacking and excessive salivation.

If your pet has any of the symptoms, please give us a call.  Do not bring your pet inside the hospital. 

What are the risk factors?  They can include:

  • Going to dog parks
  • Daycare or boarding facilities
  • Groomers
  • Play dates with other dogs
  • Or, dogs that come in contact with other dogs.

If your pet has any of these risk factors, we recommend that you have your pet vaccinated.  Remember that if you decide to keep your pet inside and away from other dogs, you can bring it back to your house on your shoes or clothes.  The vaccine is required for all dogs boarding at Rocklin Road Animal Hospital.  There are tow doses 2-4 weeks apart then yearly.  Maximum immunity is seven days after the second vaccine.  The vaccine that we carry covers the H3N8 and the H3N2.

For more information, please go to https://www.dogflu.com/about/ or give us a call!