Canine Influenza In Alpharetta!

Positive canine influenza cases have been reported in Alpharetta according to UGA diagnostic lab.

Canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection of dogs that is caused by an influenza A virus. In the U.S., canine influenza has been caused by two influenza strains; the well-established canine influenza strain (H3N8) or the new H3N2 strain that has recently been reported.

This not a problem in our facility. These steps are to prevent any future problems.

It is unknown if the currently available canine H3N8 flu vaccines will protect against influenza H3N2, but it may help lessen the severity and length of the disease. We are recommending, as is UGA Vet School, it for all pets boarding or coming in to board at our facility. If your dog has not been vaccinated against the flu, then the vaccine will need to be boostered in 2-4 weeks.

The following are common symptoms.

  • Soft, moist cough or dry cough
  • Sneezing and discharge from the eyes and/or nose
  • Lethargy
  • Reduced appetite
  • Fever

It can take 2 to 4 days after a dog has been exposed to the virus for signs to appear. Infected dogs can be contagious for up to 14 days.

Any dogs showing these signs who have been boarded recently will be examined in an isolated area. We ask that you call the office to schedule an appointment and make the staff aware of your dog’s symptoms and boarding history. When you arrive we ask that you pull up to the side entrance and call the office. We will have a staff meet you at the employee entrance at your appointment time. We are able to test for the flu virus. Treatment consists of support care and possible antibiotics.

All of our boarding dogs are kept on a separate floor from our medical area. They will not be walked in the same area to prevent any cross contamination. The virus cannot infect humans or other animals, but people can spread the disease by not following good hygiene.

Please use the link below for further information http://www.gvma.net/canine-influenza-FAQs

If you have any questions or think your dog may be sick, please call the office at (770) 475-2003.