New Cases of Canine Influenza in Our Portland Community
On July 25th, five dogs owned by a rescue group traveling from China through Tacoma, Washington were seen at local Portland veterinary hospitals for respiratory illnesses. Two of the three dogs tested positive for the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV). One of the samples was confirmed as the H3N2 strain. None of the dogs had a history of being vaccinated with the canine influenza vaccine.
Confirmation of the CIV in our community highlights the importance of vaccinating your dogs against this highly contagious virus. All dogs are at-risk but those who visit dog parks, daycare, grooming or boarding facilities or travel (car, air, etc.) as well as dogs with pre-existing heart disease or lung disease, senior dogs, and brachycephalic breeds should be vaccinated.
The CIV vaccine reduces the severity of illness and the length of time they will be sick. Dogs initially require two doses of the vaccine 2 to 4 weeks apart then every year after. Their immune system requires 7 to 10 days after the last vaccine before they are fully protected from infection. Canine influenza is often spread unknowingly, as dogs actively shed the virus for 48 hours before signs and symptoms begin to appear.
If you are concerned that your dog may be infected, or if you would like to schedule an appointment to have your dog vaccinated, please contact us immediately at 503-227-6047 or request an appointment online via PetDesk.