Canine Influenza

posted: by: Dr. Farren Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Facts regarding canine influenza virus (CIV)

CIV is a relatively new virus (first discovered in 2005)

It has been recently confirmed in one dog from a doggie daycare in Providence

Because it is a new virus, nearly 100% of dogs who are exposed are susceptible to infection.

CIV is easily transmitted via:

aerosols, droplets and direct contact with respiratory secretions

direct contact with contaminated objects (dishes, toys)

people moving between infected and uninfected dogs – people in kennels, day care facilities can potentially carry it home to their own pets!

Most dogs will contract the disease from close contact of infected dogs.Mainly from kennels, grooming, dog parks, and daycare.

Approximately 80% of dogs will show mild signs, similar to kennel cough. A small percentage will develop more severe illness.

Symptoms include:



variable fever

clear nasal discharge that progresses to thick yellowish-green mucus

rapid breathing

difficulty breathing

loss of appetite


Treatment starts with a visit to your veterinarian. She can then diagnose the disease and treat with appropriate medication and supportive care.

Vaccinations for CIV are available. Initially, it is a series of 2 injections, 2 to 4 weeks apart. Boosters then are given yearly.

We currently recommend that all dogs going to day care, kennels, and those who are frequently groomed receive the CIV vaccine.