Canine influenza virus (CIV) causes a respiratory infection in dogs that is often referred to as canine influenza. CIV is a relatively new virus, so almost all dogs are susceptible to infection when they are newly exposed because they have not built up natural immunity. Most dogs that develop CIV infection have a mild illness, but some dogs get very sick and require treatment.
There is an effective and safe vaccine for canine influenza fully licensed by the USDA. Nobivac® Canine Flu H3N8 has been shown to control the spread and minimize the impact of CIV infection and has been proven safe in 7 million dogs.
By now you may have heard about the Canine Influenza outbreak in and around the Chicago area. The strain found in that outbreak is H3N2. Merck Animal Health would like to make sure that you have the facts about the outbreak, and that all personnel treating potentially infected animals know how to protect themselves and others. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the information below and learn how you can help stop the spread of the disease.
Watch Mutt in his latest video, “Even Dogs Get the Flu,” to find out the signs of dog flu, its risk factors, and how to protect your pooch against it.