The Doctors at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo are aware of the concerns your families are probably having in regards to all the Canine Influenza talk in the news right now. We wanted to give you some information and let you know that our staff can also answer any questions you may have about the current outbreaks.
At this time Canine Influenza H3N2 has been confirmed in Chicago and a few surrounding states, including Wisconsin and Iowa. To date, there is no confirmed cases in our area or the state of Minnesota. This is a different strain of Canine Influenza than has previously been seen in the United States. We have historically seen outbreaks of the H3N8 strain, which have been confined to the eastern United States, from New York to Florida. Currently the H3N8 strain is the only approved vaccine for Canine Influenza.
At this time the Doctors at Cedar Pet Clinic are recommending the current Canine Influenza vaccine in dogs that are at high risk in hopes of getting adequate cross protection against the current outbreak strain. We are not recommending it in all dogs, so it is important to discuss your dog's risk with our doctors and staff. Examples of dogs that we consider to be at high risk include dogs with travel plans to areas of the country currently experiencing the outbreak (Ex: Chicago) or dogs that will be boarded with other dogs that could have visited endemic areas (ex: boarding facilities near the MSP airport). The vaccine does require two injections given about 3 weeks apart.
Again, there are no confirmed cases of the H3N2 or the H3N8 Canine Influenza virus in Minnesota but we are watching the spread very closely and will keep you updated if it comes to our area. Please don't hesitate to call and speak to our staff if you have questions about your dog's risk of exposure.
Also, here is a link to the AVMA website's info about Canine Influenza
Doctors Baillie, Plantz, Keller and Olson
Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo