Canine Influenza: What Does It Mean for You and Your Dog?
Click here for some quick facts about the Canine Influenza Virus.
August 31, 2017 UPDATE on Canine Influenza from Tennessee State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher:
The following is an email from the State Veterinarian received on August 31, 2017 regarding canine influenza in Shelby County:
“The state vet’s office has not received any reports of confirmed canine flu cases from West TN this year. Some samples collected by West TN veterinarians from dogs with respiratory symptoms were sent to St. Jude’s Research Lab, but they have been unable so far to confirm canine flu. I would recommend that samples for respiratory testing be sent to the state lab, Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Lab in Nashville.”
We will continue to test any suspected cases of influenza with the appropriate laboratories, as well as keep you, our clients, updated whenever we receive new information. Meanwhile, our recommendations regarding Canine Influenza and its vaccine have not changed. Please read them below. As always, please call and speak to one of our technicians with any questions.
Dr. Kelsey’s current recommendations regarding Canine Influenza:
- Dr. Kelsey recommends that all dogs in “high risk” categories be vaccinated against Canine Influenza. These categories are primarily dogs that are likely to be exposed to a multitude of other dogs from different parts of the country. They include: show dogs, field trial dogs, agility dogs, and dogs who attend any other type of large competition.
- If your dog is not considered “high risk,” the vaccination may not yet be necessary for your dog.
- If your dog attends a boarding, grooming, day care, or similar facility that requires their patrons be vaccinated for Canine Influenza, we are happy to vaccinate your dog if you wish to continue using the same facility.**
**Please note that if your dog is boarded, groomed, attends doggie day care, or plays at the dog park regularly, we still recommend that your dog receive a booster vaccine against the “kennel cough complex” every 6 months.
About the Canine Influenza Vaccine:
- The vaccine we carry is a “bivalent” vaccine, meaning it offers protection against both the H3N8 and H3N2 strains of the virus.
- The first time a dog receives the flu vaccine, it is given in a two-step process. After the initial vaccine, a booster must be given 3 weeks later.
- After the initial 2 vaccines, the flu vaccine can be administered once yearly.
- Much like the human flu vaccine, the CIV vaccine may not prevent your dog from contracting the virus; but, it should shorten the duration and lessen the severity of the illness.
- Unlike the human flu vaccine, which contains modified live virus, the CIV vaccine uses a “killed virus.” Using a killed virus means that the vaccine should not cause your dog to develop illness or flu-like symptoms. The only noted reactions have been of an allergic nature.