After a recent outbreak of canine influenza virus (CIV) in San Francisco, there has been growing concerns that dogs in the Portland area are at risk due to its highly contagious nature and frequent travel between California and Oregon residents. Fortunately, the team at Roseway Veterinary Hospital has stocked the bivalent canine influenza vaccine to help protect your pooch.
What is canine influenza?
CIV is a contagious disease with similar symptoms to the human flu including cough, runny nose, and fever. The most common clinical sign of canine influenza is a cough that is unresponsive to antibiotics or cough suppressant therapy and lasts for 10-21 days.
How does CIV spread?
Canine influenza is easy to transmit and is spread through sneezing, coughing, and nasal discharge, as well as through contaminated objects like bowls, collars, leashes, kennel walls and floors, and through people who have come in contact with infected dogs.
Which dogs should get vaccinated?
The decision to vaccinate is based on each dog’s risk and lifestyle. At-risk dogs are those with heart or respiratory conditions, canines that have flat faces, dogs that travel or show, and dogs who come in contact with others (through park visits or boarding)—these dogs should be vaccinated.
If you feel your dog is at risk, would like to get your dog vaccinated, or have any questions or concerns about CIV, please call us at 503-360-9695.