Canine Influenza Virus (H3N2)

June 20, 2017

Dear Valued Zoot Clients,

We feel it is our responsibility to inform you there have been multiple confirmed cases of canine influenza virus (CIV) in the Georgetown area.

Due to the highly contagious nature of this disease, Zoot is offering and recommending the H3N2 CIV vaccine.

Classical symptoms associated with canine influenza are high fever, loss of appetite, coughing, nasal discharge and lethargy. Most infected dogs display a mild form with the most common clinical sign being a persistent cough lasting 10-21 days despite treatment with antibiotics and cough suppressants. Virtually all dogs exposed become infected with the virus, but only 80% develop clinical signs. The approximately 20% of infected dogs that do not exhibit clinical signs can still shed the virus and spread the infection. Your pet's greatest risk is associated with dog parks , doggy day care centers, communal water bowls and in other settings where dogs share toys and come into close contact with each other.

If you are planning on utilizing dog boarding, daycare, or grooming services in the near future, please consider having your pets vaccinated as soon as possible.

In an effort to assist you in protecting your dog, Zoot will not be requiring a doctor exam for pets who have had a wellness exam at the time of the vaccine. Full protection against canine influenza requires two separate vaccines given 3-4 weeks apart. Those dogs current on the flu vaccine or were vaccinated during the outbreak of December 2015 will only need a single booster. Yearly boosters may be necessary thereafter if canine influenza continues to affect animals in our area.

If you have questions, or desire additional information, please call our office at 512-864-9668.

Additional information can be found at the following links:

AVMA - Pet Care - Canine Influenza

TVMDL - Canine Influenza FAQ