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.
Since this new strain of influenza and other types of canine respiratory disease are all highly contagious, we recommend that you temporarily keep your dog away from dogs outside your own family, if possible. Dogs who are young, old or debilitated are at higher risk for serious complications from this respiratory disease.
Affected dogs can show a variety of symptoms such as coughing, nasal discharge, lethargy, and fever. If your dog shows any abnormal respiratory symptoms or appears sick, please call our office at 828-253-3393.
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