Update On Canine Influenza

The Asheville area had many confirmed cases of H3N2 during the 2015 canine influenza outbreak, but with the most recent US outbreak that began this spring, the closest case that we know of to date occurred near Charlotte, NC. There have been other cases in NC and two deaths occurred in NC from Canine Influenza.  At this time, other areas of the country are dealing with confirmed H3N2 outbreaks and an outbreak may occur in our community. Attached is an article from the University of Florida about the outbreak Florida is experiencing. Also attached is a news article from Kentucky where many dogs are sick with influenza. Please be aware that the virus is active in dogs in the US and be aware, especially if you travel with your dog, that exposure is possible. Your dog  can be protected by receiving  a series of two vaccinations 2 to 4 weeks apart with immunity developing two weeks after the second vaccination. Please call us at 828-253-3393 if you would like to schedule an influenza vaccination appointment with a veterinary technician or if you have any questions.