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The Canine Influenza Virus

What You Need To Know

canine influenza virusCanine Influenza Virus (CIV) has been on everyone’s mind this spring, especially at Wagging Tails Pet Resort where your dog’s health and safety is our top priority.

As you may know, a CIV outbreak was recently confirmed in Minnesota animal shelters across Hennepin, Anoka, and Washington Counties. These locations are currently under quarantine to control the outbreak. However, we wanted to pass on key information so you can do your part as well.

To start, CIV is highly contagious between dogs. It’s one of the causes of kennel cough and can affect dogs of any breed or age.

Signs of CIV include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Runny nose that progresses to thick, yellowish-green mucus
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Lethargy

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately. You should also limit any contact between infected animals. With proper care and plenty of rest, most dogs recover within 10 to 30 days.

Fortunately, CIV does not survive in the environment for long periods, and it is not infectious to people.

We already have strict cleaning policies in place, but we’re adding additional measures in our commitment to the safety of your dogs. Our staff has also been educated on the symptoms of CIV and will immediately quarantine any dogs that exhibit symptoms and contact their owners and vets.

You can also help prevent the spread of CIV. Watch your dog for the above symptoms and avoid contact with other dogs if you see signs of a problem.

For additional information on Canine Influenza Virus, visit The American Veterinary Medical Association.

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