Q: What is canine influenza?
A: Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection of dogs that is caused by an influenza A virus. In the U.S., canine influenza has been caused by two influenza strains. The first strain reported in the United States, beginning in 2004, was an H3N8 influenza A virus. This strain is closely related to the virus that causes equine influenza, and it is thought that the equine influenza virus mutated to produce the canine strain.
Q: What is canine influenza?
Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious infection caused by an influenza A virus. The causative canine influenza virus (CIV) strains have been classified as H3N8 and H3N2, based on the amino acid composition of the hemaglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N) glycoproteins in the lipid outer layer of the capsid.
Canine influenza (CI, or dog flu) in the U.S. is caused by the canine influenza virus (CIV), an influenza A virus. It is highly contagious and easily spread from infected dogs to other dogs through direct contact, nasal secretions (through coughing and sneezing), contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes), and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs.
For the past 6 weeks, AHNA hosted Jenny White, CPDA-KA of Dog-Ed along with 4 families and their canine companions for a hands-on TTouch training class. The teams of dog and humans worked together with this unique approach of teaching through mutual encouragement and respect.
AHNA is taking extreme precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the canine respiratory disease that the Asheville area is presently experiencing. Our number one concern is to protect our non-infected patients who need our care and are coming to the hospital for other reasons. All patients showing possible respiratory disease symptoms are being seen on an outpatient basis in a building that we normally use only for administrative offices.
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A new strain of influenza (H3N2) is now affecting many dogs in the Asheville area. The primary symptoms are coughing, gagging, nasal and/or eye discharge, lethargy, reduced appetite, and possibly fever. Your dog may not display all of the symptoms, but if your dog is coughing or acting sick, he or she should receive veterinary care. Animal Hospital of North Asheville is seeing all dogs displaying respiratory symptoms in a different building to avoid exposing our well patients.
Canine respiratory disease is occurring at higher than normal levels in the Asheville area. At least one case has tested positive for a new strain of canine influenza caused by the H3N2 virus. At this time, there is no evidence that the influenza vaccine that is available for dogs protects against this new strain although tests are underway to determine if any cross protection results. No vaccine specific for the H3N2 strain has been developed.
An important part of pet ownership is control of fleas and ticks. These parasites are annoying, but they also present the potential for disease transmission for dogs and cats and even people. Ticks can carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme, Ehrlichia, and more. Dogs can develop tick paralysis, which is a generalized muscle paralysis associated with a toxin in tick saliva of affected ticks.
When deciding on modes of transportation, you look for safety, comfort, affordability and durability. The same standards apply when you are selecting transportation for your cat. Choosing the right carrier for your cat is a worthwhile investment, since a good carrier provides your cat an extra level of security and can help make travel less stressful for both you and your cat. Transporting a cat without a carrier can be dangerous for you and your cat.
Every year, pets die in cars on summer days. Sometimes it’s not even that hot outside. Many times the window is cracked and the car is parked in the shade. The startling truth is that even in seemingly safe conditions the temperature inside your car can soar to life-threatening heights in just ten minutes – about the time it takes to run into the post office, coffee shop, or the pet store. (Please watch the video at the bottom to learn important information about how quickly cars heat up.)
Socialization is a word that means the adoption of the behavior of the surrounding culture. As members of our families, it is important for our pets to feel comfortable and enjoy living with us and doing the things we do. We’ve written a lot about socializing puppies, but you may not realize that kittens and cats need socialization too. If you’ve seen shy or scared stray neighborhood cats, you have seen the result of a lack of socialization to humans. Socialization is best accomplished through exposure while your kitten is young.