A serious risk of Canine Influenza Virus and a spreading outbreak in northern Ohio and southeast Michigan has pet owners and veterinarians on alert. In an effort to prevent further spread of this serious respiratory disease, dogs should be vaccinated with influenza (H3N2 and H2N8). This vaccination is given in a series of two injections spaced 3-4 weeks apart. There are only two vaccinations that protect pets from both strains; these two vaccinations are manufactured by Zoetis Animal Health and Merck Animal Health.
Dogs are contagious prior to showing any symptoms. The canine influenza virus is extremely contagious and can make a pet very ill. Severe cases of canine influenza can cause high fever, pneumonia and can result in death. Most dogs take between two and three weeks to recover fully.