Canine Influenza H3N2

For your information:

It was recently brought to our attention that a dog whom was adopted from HART in Brainerd MN tested positive for Canine Influenza H3N2. To our knowledge HART is currently in quarantine. We just wanted to give our clients some general information about Canine Influenza but we strongly recommend for any questions or concerns you should reach out to your pets regular Veterinarian.

Canine Influenza or dog flu- Is a virus that is easily spread from infected dogs to other dogs by direct contact, nasal secretions (barking, coughing, sneezing), contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collar or leashes) and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. The symptoms of canine influenza resemble Kennel Cough-Infectious tracheobronchitis in dogs. Symptoms of influenza include persistent coughing, fever, lethargy, eye discharge, and reduced appetite. It can cause mild to serve illness in some dogs also some dogs can be contagious and show no symptoms.

At this time in our area the influenza risk is low and relatively isolated. There is a vaccine for Canine Influenza available at some veterinary clinics. At this time we are not requiring it at our facility for boarding but if you have questions or concern we strongly encourage you to speak with your regular Veterinarian to decide what is best for your pet. We also recommend that if your pet is showing any of these symptoms or isn’t acting themselves to please not board, go to dog parks, go for walks or have contact with other dogs and to contact your Veterinarian.