We wanted to keep you all informed of the recent outbreaks and information on the canine influenza virus. We have had recent 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, day care 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 that have contracted CIV will typically show signs 2-3 days post infection. Infected dogs can continue to shed the virus for up to 24 days depending on the strain they have. Signs and symptoms of the canine influenza virus are:
- Variable fever
- Clear nasal discharge that progresses to thick, yellow-green mucous
- Rapid/Difficulty breathing
- Loss of appetite
What we are recommending:
We are recommending that dogs that go to boarding facilities, doggie day care, dog parks etc…have their dogs vaccinated for CIV.
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.
If your dog is at risk, call us to schedule their vaccination appointment. If they have had an exam with one of our veterinarians in the past 6 months, then they would be able to 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 (775) 827-3033
You can click here to request your dog’s appointment !
Thank you all!
The doctors and staff at Animal Medical Center of Reno