Canine Flu

Canine Flu Randall Oaks Animal Hospital

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You may have heard about the recent outbreak of a new type of dog flu affecting pets across the country. This highly contagious and, for some dogs, potentially serious respiratory infection is called canine influenza virus H3N2/H3N8, or CIV H3N2 for short.

Chances are, if your dog is exposed to CIV H3N2/H3N8, he or she may become infected. Dogs that are frequently in contact with other dogs are at the highest risk of infection with CIV H3N2/H3N8. This includes dogs that are boarded, enrolled in daycare, or often visit the local dog park. If you have a puppy, elderly or pregnant dog or a dog that is immunocompromised, you should take extra precautions.

The good news is that our office now has a vaccine available to help control disease associated with CIV H3N2/H3N8. Please call our office to discuss your dog’s risk for CIV H3N2/H3N8, particularly if you plan to board your dog in the near future or regularly send him or her to a grooming or daycare facility. We’ll answer all your questions about dog flu and help you decide whether vaccination is right for your pet. You can also visit for more information.