What began as an isolated episode of respiratory disease in 1 state has now become a nationwide health concern for all dogs. This is not surprising, given that:
- CIV is a new virus, and dogs have no natural immunity to it
- Dogs are mobile and move from or through affected states-especially rescue dogs and dogs that travel with their owners
- Many dogs are boarded or go to daycare or grooming facilities where close contact to other dogs puts them at high risk
Wherever dogs congregate, CIV is easily spread by:
- Direct contact, such as when dogs kiss, lick, or nuzzle each other
- Droplets in the air from a cough or sneeze
- Contaminated objects, such as doggie bowls, doorknobs, or clothing
- The hands of pet owners, veterinary clinic staff, and shelter workers
In light of these factors, it is becoming more common to require canine influenza vaccination for all dogs entering pet care facilities, just as is required for Bordetella―another highly contagious pathogen that causes respiratory disease. Vaccination can help prevent the spread of canine influenza. Nobivac® Canine Flu H3N8 has been shown to control the spread and reduce the impact of canine influenza.
Required flu vaccinations are becoming more common. A recent survey of pet care business owners, including kennels, daycares, and groomers, showed that 1 out of every 5 pet care facilities surveyed (21%) requires flu vaccination in addition to Bordetella vaccination.
View a Map of Documented Cases Around the US.
Courtesy of DogInfluenza.com