Dear Pet Owner,
You may have heard about the recent outbreak of a new type of dog flu affecting pets across the country. This highly contagious and, for some dogs, potentially serious respiratory infection is called canine influenza virus H3N2, or CIV H3N2 for short. Symptoms range from mild to severe: persistent coughing, sneezing, nasal or eye discharge, lethargy, reduced appetite and fever.
Dogs that are frequently in contact with other dogs are at the highest risk of infection with CIV H3N2. This includes dogs that are boarded, enrolled in day care, or often visit the local dog park. If you have a puppy, elderly, or pregnant dog, or a dog that is immunocompromised, you should take extra precautions. We are currently recommending, that for the time being, our clients avoid all boarding, grooming, daycare and dog parks, unless necessary, to limit exposure risk.
Please call our office at 614-846-9644 to discuss your dog's risk for CIV H3N2, particularly if you plan to board your dog in the near future or regularly send him or her to a grooming or daycare facility. We'll answer all your questions about dog flu and help you decide whether vaccination is right for your pet. You can also visit Dogflufacts.com for more information.
The Doctors of Green Meadows Veterinary Hospital