Canine Influenza

Stay informed on recent canine influenza outbreaks in the Reno and Sparks areas. Learn more about symptoms, transmission, and prevention.

Canine Influenza

We wanted to inform you of the recent outbreaks and information on the canine influenza virus. We have recently confirmed cases in the Reno/Sparks area. The Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) is a contagious disease that can be transferred from dog to dog. CIV is transmitted by close contact with an infected dog, often in a restricted space such as an animal shelter, daycare center, or boarding kennel. Casual contact is less likely to be a factor, mainly due to the relatively low amount of virus shed by an infected dog. Virtually all dogs are susceptible regardless of age or breed.

Dogs contracting CIV typically show signs 2-3 days after infection. Depending on their strain, infected dogs can continue to shed the virus for up to 24 days.

Signs and Symptoms of Canine Influenza Virus:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Variable fever
  • Clear nasal discharge that progresses to thick, yellow-green mucous
  • Rapid/Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy

What we recommend:

We are recommending that dogs that go to boarding facilities, doggie daycare, dog parks, etc…have their dogs vaccinated for CIV.

The Vaccine:

The first dose of the vaccination is given and then boostered 3-4 weeks later. The vaccine will then last for 1 year. Like any vaccination, there is a chance for reactions, so please let our staff know if your dog has had sensitivity to vaccinations previously before getting the vaccine.

What now?

Call us to schedule a vaccination appointment if your dog is at risk. If your dog has had an exam with one of our veterinarians in the past six months, they can see one of our licensed technicians for the appointment. The cost of this vaccination is $40. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us at (775) 827-3033.

You can click here to request your dog’s appointment!


Thank you from the veterinarians and staff at Animal Medical Center of Reno.