Dog Flu- What you need to know

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Dog Flu (Canine Influenza Virus)

What is it?

The dog flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by the canine influenza virus.

Clinical signs of the dog flu can include coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, eye discharge, decreased appetite, and lethargy.

Where is it?

Both strains of CIV have been reported in CA and surrounding states.

Is my dog at risk?

Dogs are at an increased risk when they are in highly social situations with other dogs.  If your dog goes to a kennel or boarding facility, a grooming salon, or frequents the dog park, they are at an increased risk of coming into contact with the canine influenza virus.

Still not sure if your dog should be vaccinated? Follow the link below to take a flu risk assessment quiz!

What can I do to help prevent the flu?

If your dog is at an increased risk of being exposed to the flu call our office to schedule an appointment. The vaccine will need to be boosted 3 weeks after the initial inoculation for a total of 2 vaccines.

For more information regarding the dog flu strains visit

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call our office. (707) 4442-5717