According to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, dog owners should not panic. Normal, healthy dogs, if exposed, will likely become ill but will recover. The risk of exposure is quite low for most dogs under average circumstances. Currently, the greatest number of canine influenza cases have been reported in the Chicago area with some spill-over into Michigan. Very old, very young and immuno-suppressed pets are at highest risk, should they be exposed. Owners who travel frequently with their pets to infected regions of the country, particularly where canines gather (like dog shows, race tracks and kennel areas) should vaccinate their pets against canine influenza. All pet owners should watch their animals closely for any signs of illness after a trip.
The virus is not known to have any human health affects and should NOT be confused with strains known to infect people.
Signs of canine influenza to look for:
The current outbreak in the Chicago area has been determined to be a new strain of Canine Influenza virus to North America. It is not known yet whether the canine influenza vaccine will offer protection against this new strain. Find out more about Canine Influenza at:
Although we believe the risk to pets in our area is currently low in most circumstances, we have the Canine Influenza vaccine on hand and are able to vaccinate. This vaccine needs to be boosted 2-4 weeks after the initial vaccination. We will continue monitoring this health issue and will update the website promptly as needed.
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