Canine Influenza Update

Roscoe Village Animal Hospital is aware of the recent report from Cornell University on the new strain of canine influenza virus(CIV) H3N2.

*The H3N2 virus had not been previously detected in North America. The outbreak in Chicago suggests a recent introduction of the H3N2 virus from Asia.

*Both Influenza strains (H3N8 & H3N2) can cause high fever, loss of appetite, coughing, nasal discharge, and lethargy. Symptoms may be more severe in cases caused by the H3N2 virus. Some infected dogs may not show symptoms at all.

*H3N2 has caused infection and respiratory illness in cats.

*A vaccine does exist for H3N8. The vaccine is a killed virus vaccine and two doses of the vaccines are necessary to develop an effective immune response. While the vaccine may not prevent an infection, it does reduce shed of the virus and the severity of clinical disease.

*It is currently being investigated if the H3N8 vaccine will be cross protective for the H3N2 virus.

Other preventive advice remains the same: In areas where the viruses are active, avoid places where dogs congregate, such as dog parks, daycare, boarding facilities /kennels, training classes and grooming salons.

Our staff continues to follow the recommended strict bleaching disinfection protocols and proper procedures throughout or hospital to keep our patients as healthy as possible.

The doctors and staff of Roscoe Village Animal Hospital will continue to keep our clients up to date regarding this Canine Influenza outbreak.

If you have any questions or suspect your dog (or cat) may have symptoms please call Roscoe Village Animal Hospital. 773-549-3131.

Click here for the Cornell University Report

Roscoe Village Animal Hospital’s veterinarians serves the medical and dental needs of animals in Chicago’s Lakeview, Lincoln Park, North Center, Wicker Park, Uptown , West Loop, Logan Square and Bucktown neighborhoods.