canine influenzaCanine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory virus that can cause severe disease and even death in extreme cases. There has been a spike in the number of dogs in the area that have been exposed to the virus in recent weeks.

Symptoms

  • Consistent coughing
  • Nasal discharge
  • High fever
  • Lack of appetite
  • Pneumonia (in more severe cases)

If your dog is exhibiting any of these symptoms, call us at (201) 391-4342 or your veterinarian immediately. 

Please do not participate in activities or bring your dog to facilities where other pets can be exposed to the virus (doggie daycares, dog parks, kennels, groomers, etc.) The virus can also infect cats.

Prevention

We offer the canine influenza vaccine at Montvale Animal Hospital. Please call us to schedule your pet's vaccination today.

Please note that all dogs boarding with us must have the canine influenza vaccine. For dogs who have never gotten it before, this process includes the first shot, a booster two weeks later, and then another two week period before they can board.

Treatment

Dogs showing symptoms of canine influenza are usually treated as outpatients, to isolate them away from other pets. Treatment may consist of oral antibiotics, cough suppressants and medications to open the airways. Luckily, with swift and appropriate veterinary care, patients rarely progress to the severe level of the infection and the mortality rate is only 10%.