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What is Canine Influenza?

By: Taylor Lawson

MTN Reporter

Canine Influenza is a respiratory infection that causes many of the same symptoms that humans suffer from whilst sick. However, it can be much more dangerous for dogs.

While very few deaths from the virus also known as H3N2 or H3N8 have been reported, the virus is also known to break down the canine immune system. Many dogs who have gotten Canine Influenza have then suffered from secondary illnesses like pneumonia.

However, there is a vaccination for Canine Influenza. This will significantly decrease the chances of contracting the virus. Many doggie daycares and boarding facilities are starting to require the vaccine to avoid infection.

Canine Influenza has reached the Middle Tennessee area. While there are no reports of the virus reaching Murfreesboro, it is confirmed to be in the greater Nashville area. Because of this, there is a plethora of Murfreesboro veterinarians that have the vaccine on back order. However, offices who did not previously carry the shot, like Beesley Animal Clinic, are starting to get shipments in stock.

If your dog starts to show signs of Canine Influenza, including lethargy, runny nose, fever, coughing and reduced appetite, reach out to your local veterinarian for help.