Oregon Humane Society pauses dog adoptions after group exposed to dog flu.


In June, the Oregon Humane Society reported that three dogs in their care tested positive for Canine Influenza Virus.  These dogs were part of a larger “second-chance” transfer from a shelter in California, which has since reported an outbreak of canine flu. Over 50 dogs at that shelter have contracted canine influenza.


Canine influenza a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by specific influenza viruses known to infect dogs. No human infections with canine influenza have ever been reported, however, influenza viruses are constantly changing and it is possible that a canine influenza virus could change so that it could infect people and spread easily between people.


Dogs at-risk include those that visit dog parks, dog-daycare, dog shows, grooming, boarding, travel (car, air, etc.), and rescue animals. Dogs with pre-existing heart disease or lung disease, senior dogs, and short-nosed (brachycephalic) breeds are also at a significant risk.


At risk dogs should be vaccinated with an initial 2-dose vaccine, 2-4 weeks apart. Immunity does not occur until 7-10 days after the SECOND vaccine. The CIV vaccine reduces the severity of the disease,  and reduces the amount of virus shedded from infected dogs.


We emphasize the importance of vaccinating your dog against this highly contagious virus. If you would like to schedule an appointment to have your dog vaccinated, please call to schedule or make an on-line appointment at www.goMetroVET.com.


Want more information about CIV?  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/other/canine-flu/keyfacts.html#what