Don’t Let Your Dog Go Viral!
Over the past few years you’ve probably heard about the continuing outbreaks of canine influenza (CIV) throughout the country. It’s a highly contagious virus and so far this year, 46 states including Georgia have confirmed cases of the disease.
When infected, dogs experience fever, coughing, sneezing and a general unwell feeling. In elderly dogs and those with compromised immune systems, CIV can lead to secondary infections and even death.
There are two highly contagious strains of the virus—H3N2 and H3N8—and no dog is immune. CIV is most hazardous for puppies, senior dogs, pregnant dogs, and canines with compromised immune systems or chronic respiratory conditions. While deaths are rare, the disease is still something that pet owners should be careful to avoid.
All dogs should be vaccinated but it is especially crucial for the high-risk dogs listed above and any pets who come into contact with other dogs at boarding facilities, daycare, dog parks, grooming salons or at dog events such as shows and competitions.
Preventing exposure is crucial and at Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs we require that all dogs boarding with us have the CIV vaccine, and we offer the vaccine at our hospital as well.