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*** ALERT UPDATE 08/24/2017 ***

H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus

The incidence of the recent flu outbreak appears to be slowing. There are currently 26 confirmed cases of H3N2 in Florida in the past 45 days, compared to over 100 at the outbreak's height. Fortunately, Flagler County, St. John's County, and the east side of Volusia County have not seen any cases. We continue to monitor the situation closely. Please continue to use diligence and avoid exposure of you or your pets to animals unknown to you. The highest risk of infection is among dogs frequenting dog parks, boarding facilities, and grooming facilities. The virus can survive in the environment for up to 48 hours, so keep this in mind if you are travelling with your pet. If you are needing to board your pet, please call the boarding facility to see if they are requiring vaccination. Vaccination consists of 2 vaccines 2 weeks apart and maximum protection is not reached until 5 weeks after the initial vaccine. At this time, FIVC is not carrying the vaccination; however, if you are boarding your pet in a facility that requires vaccination, we can obtain doses for you, but we will need at least 24-hours notice before you bring your pet in for the vaccination.

Symptoms of canine flu are similar to that of human flu (people do not get sick from canine flu): fever, coughing and malaise are the most common. If you have any questions, please call our office!

Please click on the links to download / view more detailed information: Info-for-Pet-Owners-on-Canine-Influenza

To watch the maps of the incidence of canine flu (last 45 days) please visit Cornell's H3N2 Updates

We will continue to provide up-to-date information about this highly contagious disease as it becomes available.