Should Your Dog Be Vaccinated Against The Canine Influenza Outbreak? | Care2 Causes


By: Laura Goldmanh
January 25, 2018

We’re all aware of the H3N2 flu epidemic that’s made tens of thousands of people sick, but did you know the highly contagious canine influenza (CI) is also spreading across the United States and parts of Canada?

Dogs are becoming infected with the canine influenza virus (CIV) through direct contact with other dogs, nasal secretions, contaminated objects like food bowls and leashes, and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). It’s important to note that dogs rarely get sick from humans with the flu, and there’s no evidence (for now, at least) that dogs with the virus can transmit it to humans – but cats in an Indiana shelter became sickened with it in 2016.

There are currently two strains of the canine influenza virus (CIV) in the U.S.: H3N8 and H3N2. The H3N8 strain…

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2 thoughts on “Should Your Dog Be Vaccinated Against The Canine Influenza Outbreak? | Care2 Causes

  1. I hope people will at least be aware of this. I see a lot of people on hiking trails and nature reserves who let their animals off leash, and this could spread to wild canines. I was at a bird sanctuary the other day and a tiny little dog went barreling past me, and then back – there could be coyotes and foxes in the area. I walked back from the beach, and there was the owner, many yards away. 😦

    Also, there was a devastating outbreak of canine parvovirus for the wolves on Isle Royale, all because of a dog who had it, and his owner took him to the island in defiance of the no dogs rule.

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