Canine influenza H3N2 update
The WSVMA has not received any recent reports of dogs testing positive for H3N2canine influenza. However, there has been an increasing number of cases in California, and a dog in Grants Pass, Oregon has tested positive. In light of west coast activity, veterinarians should be vigilant and talk with pet owners about canine influenza. Vaccination for H3N2 is available and should be considered depending on risk of exposure and level of concern expressed by the owner and veterinarian.
Testing for respiratory pathogens is important in order to document the cause of these outbreaks. For Canine Influenza H3N2, testing early in the course of disease remains best by detection of the virus through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) while late in the course of disease, serology is best. Cornell University is keeping surveillance data on Canine Influenza H3N2 at their website.
WSVMA members will be notified if dogs in Washington test positive. In order to get answers to some of the most common questions, and to refresh knowledge about CIV, the following links provide current and accurate information:
- Key Facts About Canine Influenza (Dog Flu) – CDC
- Canine Influenza Backgrounder– AVMA
- American Animal Hospital Association Vaccination Guidelines
- CSFPH Canine Influenza Resource Page
- Canine Influenza Resources and Testing– Cornell University