We are providing up-to-date and accurate information about the Canine Influenza Virus in order to help prevent the spread of the virus to healthy (unexposed) dogs. Although we have had NO reported cases at AKCCR, there have been cases reported in the NYC area. The information provided is not intended to cause alarm, but rather educate and inform.
Canine Influenza Virus is an extremely contagious airborne disease that is easily spread among dogs, and in rare instances, can be contagious to cats. If you think your dog may have contracted the Canine Influenza Virus, immediately isolate it from other animals and contact your veterinarian. Dogs diagnosed with CIV will NOT be able to receive services at AKC Canine Retreat locations until cleared by a veterinarian – which if they have contracted the virus, could be as long as 30 days.
Symptoms include, dry, hacking cough (like kennel cough), lack of appetite, lethargy, discharge from the nose or eyes, fever (normal temperature is 101 – 102).
Prevention, the best protection is vaccination which provides the best chance of immunity.
Treatment, of Canine Influenza Virus requires veterinary assistance. Untreated, the illness may progress to more serious problems. If your dog shows symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Isolation, any dog suspected of having Canine Influenza Virus should be immediately isolated from other dogs and should not attend dog shows, day care, grooming facilities, dog parks, or other places dogs gather.
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