It has come to our attention that, due to recent outbreaks across the southeast (including Texas) of Canine Influenza, many kennels and boarding facilities in our area are now requiring the dog flu vaccine – often times without letting clients know ahead of time.
Canine Influenza (commonly called, “dog flu”) is an infectious respiratory disease of dogs that is caused by canine influenza viruses. These viruses can be transmitted directly from dog to dog through both direct and indirect contact.
Dog Flu Vaccinations
Vaccination has been proved to be an effective way to prevent the spread of disease. Many kennels and boarding facilities are now requiring this vaccine – often times without letting clients know ahead of time.
This initiative is in response to a recent outbreak of dog flu in the southeast, including in Texas.
About Canine Influenza
Dog flu is highly contagious to dogs and spreads quickly, so it is critical that we quickly contain further spread. The best approach is prevention. Vaccination can save dogs’ lives, which is why all dog owners are encouraged to vaccinate their dogs against both strains of the dog flu.
All dog owners are urged to unite in the effort to stop the spread of this infectious disease. Dog owners are encouraged to call Brazos Bend Animal Clinic at (281) 342-1117 to make an appointment.
We are committed to helping pet owners understand what they can do to protect their pets from dog flu. This page is aimed at educating pet owners about dog flu and encouraging vaccination.
- Dog flu H3N8 first appeared in the United States in 2003 and since then has been diagnosed in 42 states, most recently in Missouri and Montana.
In 2015, a new strain of dog flu emerged called H3N2, which has already spread to at least 30 states.
- The H3N8 and H3N2 are both canine influenza viruses but they have different origins and are not closely related, therefore it is important dogs are vaccinated against both strains to ensure they are protected.
- It has been reported that H3N2 infected dogs produce 10 times more virus than dogs infected with the first strain (H3N8), potentially making it more contagious. H3N2 may be shed for up to 24 days, which is longer than what is seen with H3N8.1 However, both viruses can spread quickly among social dogs.
- The viruses can be transmitted directly from dog to dog through droplets from sneezing and coughing or indirectly through saliva or other secretions.
Canine influenza is a highly contagious disease that knows no boundaries*
What began as an isolated episode of respiratory disease in 1 state has now become a nationwide health concern for all dogs. This is not surprising, given that:
- CIV is a new virus, and dogs have no natural immunity to it
- Dogs are mobile and move from or through affected states-especially rescue dogs and dogs that travel with their owners
- Many dogs are boarded or go to daycare or grooming facilities where close contact to other dogs puts them at high risk
Wherever dogs congregate, CIV is easily spread by*:
- Direct contact, such as when dogs kiss, lick, or nuzzle each other
- Droplets in the air from a cough or sneeze
- Contaminated objects, such as doggie bowls, doorknobs, or clothing
- The hands of pet owners, veterinary clinic staff, and shelter workers
For more information on dog flu, visit www.doginfluenza.com.