Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)

There have been very recently confirmed cases of CIV H3N2 in Georgia, Florida and now Monroe, Louisiana. This is an opportunity to reinforce the importance of vaccinating because this virus can show up anywhere at any time. CIV is not the same as Canine Parainfluenza or Bordetella.
The recommendation is to increase awareness and have canines vaccinated against CIV. Until recently this was not a threat to our area. It is now a concern. Just like human flu shots, canine influenza vaccines may not completely prevent canine influenza but will make it less likely. And if a vaccinated dog does get the flu, the signs are likely to be milder.

To date, there is no evidence that CIV can infect humans, and there has not been a single reported case of a CIV infection in a human. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the situation.

The current goal at UVH and our region is Community Immunity through immunizations!!

  • Aids in the control of disease associated with Canine Influenza H3N8 and H3N2 infection.
  • Administered subcutaneously as an initial dose, followed by a booster 2 to 4 weeks later. Efficacy occurs 14 days post the 2nd booster.
  • Annual re-vaccination with one dose is recommended
  • Recommended for all dogs with exposure to other social dogs (Boarding Facilities, Doggie Daycare, Agility Competitions, Dog Shows, Groomers, Shelters, Dogs living in high rise buildings, etc.)

UVHvets carries the bivalent vaccination (one injection) against H3N2 and H3N8. Please call 318-797-5522 to make an appointment to have your pet immunized.

What you need to know about dog flu