As of August 3, 2015 there have been approximately 225 reports of dogs with signs consistent with canine influenza with a total of 10 laboratory-confirmed cases of Canine Influenza Type H3N2 reported. Since not all dogs with signs of the flu are tested, they are considered suspected cases.
The vast majority of these cases have occurred in the Asheville area. There has been one confirmed case in Winston-Salem and one in northern Wake County. Analysis of reports show the first wave of cases to have be exposed around the first week of July and a second wave occurring about mid-July. As the laboratory tests take 10-12 days to be reported to the veterinary clinic, we do not have any cases related to exposure after July 17th.
To date, all of the veterinary clinics report that although some of the dogs have suffered significant secondary complications such as pneumonia, all of the dogs have responded well to treatment. So far all dogs have recovered or are currently improving significantly. The dogs seem to do well once the secondary infections are under control. The only lingering issue is a persistent cough which may last a few weeks.
Our current recommendation is that dogs that are at higher risk get the Canine Flu Vaccine (Novibac – by Merck). This would be those dogs that go to boarding, grooming or daycare facilities, dog parks, or other “dog social” activities.
Please call our office at (704) 824-9876 for an appointment or go to our home page to book online. (be sure to request the Dog Flu vaccine). We are conducting flu vaccine clinics for certain patients. Please call for details.
The current demand for this vaccine is high and may be in short supply.
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