Okaw Veterinary Clinic

140 W. Sale
Tuscola, IL 61953

(217)253-3221

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Dog Flu

dog listeningYou may have heard about the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) that has been going around recently. The virus is getting closer to our area. Bloomington has seen 15 confirmed cases of CIV recently. And many dozen more dogs are suspected to have CIV. During 2015, when the virus was in Chicago, over 1,000 dogs were sick in the Midwest.

The virus making dogs sick, is not the usual virus strain we have seen in the past. This new strain has been in Asia and causes both dogs and cats too become ill.

The virus is spread easily by dogs sneezing or coughing on other dogs or cats, coming into contact with contaminated surfaces (toys, food and water bowls, dog parks, kennels), and contact with people who are around sick dogs. The virus can live up to 48 hours on contaminated surfaces, 24 hours on clothing and 12 hours on your skin.

Once a dog or cat comes into contact with the virus, they will start showing symptoms within two to four days. During these first few days the dog or cat is most contagious to other animals. Symptoms of CIV include coughing, runny eyes or nose, sneezing, lethargy, fever and not eating. Call us if your pet has any of these symptoms. Some pets become severely ill. It is best for your pet to come in as soon as possible for treatment. Less than 10% of pets who get infected with CIV do not survive.

Protect your pet from CIV by not visiting dog parks, boarding kennels, pet stores and other places visited by other dogs. If you are around other dogs, change clothes as soon as you get home and thoroughly wash your hands, arms, etc. A vaccine for the CIV strain is available. We have the vaccine in our clinic if you would like to have your dog vaccinated.

Read more about Canine Influenza Virus:

Canine Influenza FAQ
Canine Influenza: Pet Owner's Guide