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Canine Influenza Advisory for Pet Owners

Canine Influenza Advisory for Pet Owners


Canine influenza has been diagnosed in Chicago and other areas of the Midwest. Typically, the virus is transmitted from dog to dog, and usually spread by aerosol droplets from sneezing and infected animals. Canine influenza virus(CIV) is usually associated with boarding and shelter facilities and where dogs congregate like dog parks.

CIV has not been diagnosed in the Mason City area but there has been a confirmed case in Sioux City. Dog owners who are traveling to areas where the infection is present might wish to take precautionary measures such as avoiding dog parks and other areas where dogs are in groups.

It is also recommended that persons practice good hygiene and change clothes when handling/working with dogs from different groups as persons can carry the virus on their clothes and hands.

Clinical signs of canine influenza include high fever, coughing, nasal discharge, loss of appetite and lethargy. Owners whose pets exhibit these signs should consult with their veterinarian.

It’s important to note that the kennel cough (infectious canine tracheobronchitis) vaccine protects against parainfluenza, not CIV. There is a vaccine available for CIV, but it is not recommended for general use. It is not known whether this vaccine protects against this new strain.

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