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Canine Influenza - What You Need to Know

Canine influenza virus {CIV} is highly infectious and potentially life threatening. Make informed decisions for your pet’s best health.

Signs: Coughing, high fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, nasal discharge.

Transmission: Coughing, barking, sneezing and contaminated surfaces such as kennels, food and water bowls, and leashes. Can also be transmitted by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs.

Surface survival times: Most surfaces – 48 hours, clothing – 24 hours, and hands – 12 hours.

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate:

Has CIV been been confirmed in the area?

Will your pet be travelling to known infected areas?

Does/or will your pet contact unknown dogs?

Does/or will your pet contact dogs from infected areas?

Is your dog’s health already at risk? i.e. young, old or immunocompromised?

What you can do before infection: Consider the above factors when considering vaccination. Do not allow contact with unfamiliar dogs especially dogs which have recently travelled or are coughing or sneezing.

After infection: Treat infected dogs the same way you’d treat a human influenza infection. Keep the infected dog away from other dogs. Wash all contaminated items like bedding before other dogs can contact them. Sanitize all surfaces. Use hand sanitizer frequently.

Remember! Fido’s health is in your hands.

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