There has been an outbreak of Canine Infectious Respiratory (Canine Influenza) disease in Chicago. As far as we know, there have not been any reported cases in Arizona.
For more information on the outbreak, visit the Chicago Medical Veterinary Association website.
Canine influenza is a highly contagious virus that causes respiratory infection in dogs. The virus is spread through direct contact or contact with body secretions and a dog can spread the virus even if they are not showing any symptoms. The incubation period is 5-7 days and infected dogs should be considered contagious for 14 days after they develop signs of the infection.
Influenza symptoms closely resemble the symptoms of Kennel Cough including cough, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy, loss of appetite and increased respiratory rate.
There is no treatment specifically for canine influenza and the focus of treatment is to provide supportive care while the infection runs its course. Hospitalization, IV fluid therapy and further supportive care such as antibiotics may be required for some patients. Infected dogs are at risk for secondary bacterial infections, such as pneumonia.
The vaccine is available here at PAH. If this is the first time a patient will be receiving the Influenza vaccination, they will need to have it boostered in 3 weeks.
Contact your pet’s veterinarian if you have any questions about Canine Influenza.