News

Jan 21, 2016

Canine Influenza


There has been a lot of concern from pet owners about Canine Influenza 

Symptoms of canine flu can include persistent cough, runny nose, lethargy, reduced appetite, and fever. Sneezing and discharge from the eyes and/or nose may also be observed.  Severe illness is uncommon and the fatality rate is low.

Canine influenza is spread from dog to dog through virus particles in the air (through coughing or sneezing) or by coming into physical contact with other dogs (touching noses). It can also be picked up if a dog comes in contact with objects that were touched by infected dogs (Ex: food bowls, and toys).

At this time, there have been no other reports beyond a specific kennel in King County where 2 dogs had been exposed to a positive dog in Georgia.

A kennel in King County had several dogs that had exhibited signs of upper respiratory disease.  Two of these dogs had been exposed to a dog in Georgia that has tested positive for of the Canine Flu viruses (H3N2).  Tests on these two dogs DID come back positive for Canine Influenza (H3N2). 

Update on January 28,2016:

At this time we do not have any other dogs in Washington State that have tested positive for this virus; in other words, there have been no other reports beyond these dogs at this specific kennel in King County.

We currently do not suggest vaccinating for either strain of Canine Influenza but this could change if the outbreak extends beyond King County.  We would recommend limiting your dog’s public exposure for the following weeks until we have better idea of if Canine Influenza will become endemic in our area.