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Fairview Hospital for Animals Addresses Importance of Preventing Canine Influenza

DECATUR, Ill., July 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dog owners should understand how susceptible their pets are to canine influenza, reports Fairview Hospital for Animals. Canine influenza is highly contagious and can remain in the environment for an estimated 48 hours. Canine influenza has only recently been seen in the United States and prevention is the best course to take. Two H3N8 canine influenza vaccines are available in the U.S., with an H3N2 canine influenza vaccination having been recently made available. Dog owners should be aware of this highly contagious disease, the areas where infection is likely to take place and expectations about recovery.

Canine influenza, or dog flu, is a highly contagious virus; the number of dogs exposed to the virus that develop canine influenza is approximately 80 percent. Dogs are particularly susceptible when in close contact with each other. Examples of these situations include kennels, shelters, grooming facilities, boarding facility and dog day care facilities. Proper cleaning of surfaces and dog bowls are needed on a frequent basis to prevent and reduce the possibility of transmission of the virus.

The most common symptom is a cough that lasts from 10 to 21 days, with treatment.  A period of two to three weeks may be necessary for most dogs to recover from canine influenza. Secondary factors may warrant additional treatment. Veterinarians may suggest treatment modifications based on health factors, compliance and animal response. Animals that are infected must be isolated for at least 21 days.

“It is absolutely necessary for dog owners to be aware of canine influenza,” said Dr. Shelly Stevens. “As an experienced veterinarian, I try to educate owners on how easy it is for their dog to contract this highly contagious infection. Canine influenza can be potentially fatal if the animal is in poor health and protocol is not followed. Avoiding areas known to allow easy transmission can help provide a measure of protection.”

Dr. Robert Groesch explains that, “Canine influenza vaccinations provide dogs and owners an additional layer of protection. Bring your dog in for a canine influenza vaccination and get the additional layer of protection needed to ensure peace of mind.”

Dr. Shelly Stevens and Dr. Robert Groesch are co-owners and practice veterinary medicine at Fairview Hospital for Animals, which serves the residents of Macon, Forsyth, Blue Mound, Mount Zion, Boody and Decatur, IL. The staff at this veterinary hospital are committed to the health and well-being of their patients. They strive to provide the best care possible from all of the services available including preventative and wellness care, pet vaccinations, spay and neuter, pet dental cleaning, boarding and veterinary dermatology in Decatur.

Call (217) 428-7709 to learn more about canine influenza schedules or visit for more details on their full range of veterinary services.

Fairview Hospital for Animals, (217) 428-7709

Source:Fairview Hospital for Animals