This highly contagious and, for some dogs, potentially serious respiratory infection is caused by canine influenza virus H3N2, or CIV H3N2 for short.
Chances are, if your dog is exposed to CIV H3N2, he or she may become infected. Dogs that are frequently in contact with other dogs may be at high risk of infection with CIV H3N2. This includes dogs that are boarded, enrolled in day care, often visit the local dog park, or travel outside of Central Oregon. If you have a puppy, elderly or pregnant dog or a dog that is immunocompromised, you should take extra precautions.
Please call our office to discuss your dog’s risk for CIV (H3N2 and H3N8). We’ll answer all your questions about dog flu and help you decide whether vaccination is right for your pet.