Our Doctors want to provide you with important information regarding the Canine Influenza
Virus, how it can affect your dog, and what can be done to prevent it.
Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) causes a respiratory infection in dogs that is often
referred to as canine flu. CIV is a relatively new virus, so almost all dogs
are susceptible to infection when they are newly exposed, as they have not
built up natural immunity. Rhode Island recently became the 35th state to report instance of CIV, and the disease is still spreading rapidly.
often, the virus causes a mild upper respiratory tract infection. Typical
nonproductive cough (more common in mild disease) or soft, moist cough.
Coughing may last for several weeks.
some cases, the virus causes a severe infection. In addition to the above
symptoms, these pets can experience:
high fever (104-106?F)
increased respiratory rate
is highly contagious, and can spread rapidly. It is easily spread through
coughing, sneezing, and direct animal to animal contact, as well as contact
with contaminated surfaces. It can spread quickly through boarding facilities,
shelters, grooming facilities and dog parks.
best way to protect against CIV is vaccination. Like the Bordetella vaccine,
(a.k.a.Kennel Cough) it does not always completely prevent infection. It does,
however, significantly decrease the severity of symptoms in infected dogs. It
also reduces viral shedding, which minimizes the spread of the virus. It can be
given safely to dogs as young as 6-weeks of age. Previously unvaccinated dogs
will need and initial vaccine and then a booster 2 to 4 weeks later. Annual
revaccination is needed to continue protection.
are recommending vaccination against CIV for all dogs that spend time in dog
parks, grooming facilities or boarding facilities.
THE CANINE INFLUENZA VACCINE IS REQUIRED
FOR ALL DOGS BOARDING AT NEWPORT ANIMAL
schedule an appointment for your dog to receive the CIV vaccine, please call
(401)849-3400. If your pet
has had an exam with one of our doctors within the last year, the vaccination
can be given by one of our veterinary technicians with no office call fee.
you have questions about the vaccine or Canine Influenza, please do not
hesitate to call.
The Doctors at the Newport