Canine Influenza in the Treasure Valley

Released February 16, 2018

This week the first case of canine influenza (H3N2/H3N8) was diagnosed in Boise.  Although there are no reported cases in Canyon County, and we have not seen any cases at Doodle Dog, we do know the canine influenza virus is a highly contagious viral infection affecting dogs and cats.

At Doodle Dog we have established cleaning and disinfection protocols to reduce the risk of infection, but in an effort to keep our canine community safe and healthy Doodle Dog is recommending all of our guests contact their veterinarians to determine if the H3N2/H3N8 vaccination is right for your furry family member.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Canine influenza is transmitted through droplets or aerosols containing respiratory secretions from coughing, barking and sneezing. The virus can remain viable (alive and able to infect) on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and on hands for 12 hours.

AVMA indicates the Canine influenza has an incubation period of 1 to 5 days, with clinical signs in most cases appearing 2 to 3 days after exposure. Dogs infected with H3N2/H3N8 may start showing respiratory signs between 2 and 8 days after infection. Dogs are most contagious during the incubation period and shed the virus even though they are not showing clinical signs of illness. Some dogs may show no signs of illness, but have a subclinical infection and shed the virus.

In short, this virus can be anywhere a dog or cat travels, including the sidewalk in your neighborhood, in retail stores that allow pets, the veterinarian’s office, the dog park, hiking trails, training classes and even through the fence of your own back yard.

Although we are not currently requiring this vaccination, we do recommend it for all of our guests.