Originally discovered in 2004, the canine influenza virus is believed to have jumped from horses to racing Greyhounds in Florida. This virus, H3N8, is a subtype of the influenza A virus, a highly contagious pathogen that can cause disease by itself or in conjunction with other respiratory pathogens.
This virus is in the news again this fall, with an outbreak of canine influenza in the New York metro area. Area veterinarians are recommending vaccination for dogs who will be in close contact with other dogs, especially for those boarding at kennels for the upcoming holiday season.
- Canine Influenza Information
Clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment and risk assessment
- Canine Influenza Vaccine
Who is at risk? Learn the risk factors and vaccine specifics in this dog flu vaccine FAQ.
- 10 Things to Know About the H3N8 Dog Flu
By Cynda Crawford, DVM PhD / The New York Times
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- How to Choose a Kennel or Petsitter
Photo: Greyhound Nose © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM