All Florida dog owners: note canine influenza outbreak!!!!
canine influenza H3N2 incidents have been sited with some resulting deaths in dogs attending Deland FL and Perry GA confirmation and other trials. This is contagious disease; it is easily spread by dogs without symptoms (symptoms are like kennel cough) through the air and saliva. Our dogs have little immunity to this virus.
There is a vaccine now available, but if you had a local influenza vaccine, it did not cover H3N2 and you need to get another vaccination if you want protection against this new strain. Ask your veterinarian.
1. Please refer the waring from AKC and see the link to a full AMVA article, I pasted just the excerpt on transmission of the disease.
2. If you have been to one of these dog shows or if you have contact with dogs from one of these shows, please isolate your dog from other dogs until the dog is beyond the incubation period (5 days). Note dogs without symptoms are carriers.
3. Be careful about exposing your dog to potential sources of the virus
4. Consider vaccinating your dog against this dangerous disease.
5. Please do not attend BAA events if your dog has any symptoms of this virus or if you think your dog was exposed (until after the incubation period). AKC Veterinarian, Dr. Jerry Klein, released the following message:
There have been reports of sick dogs suspected of having canine influenza. Dogs that were at Perry Georgia shows or Florida shows in the past 7-10 days, please monitor your dogs closely. If they are not acting normally, DO NOT GO TO FURTHER SHOWS . Contact your local veterinarian about the possibility of influenza. Containing an outbreak is critical. Remember, incubation period of 2-5 days, and these dogs may be shedding the virus while showing no signs. Dogs with fevers, poor appetites, coughing, sneezing, runny eyes/noses should NOT be exposed to other dogs. Remember, humans can act as vectors. This can spread on your clothing https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/Canine-I
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