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Old 06-04-2017, 10:32 PM
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Dog Flu H3N2

I wanted to start a thread on this horrible and potentially deadly virus that I understand has been prevalent in Florida, and I understand that there is a recent case in Northern Virginia (Washington DC suburbs). Based on the information that I have been able to ascertain from recent newspaper articles, the virus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by humans. The case in Northern Virginia appears to have most likely involved physical contact or close proximity at a local park, and the dog owner believes it almost certainly has spread from the dog who was reported. Is there a means of avoiding this highly contagious virus other than by keeping your dog indoors?
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Old 06-04-2017, 11:06 PM
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Stay clear of endemic areas... still not widespread, yet, and seems to 'burn out' quickly if some monitoring is in practice. I worked in several places that routinely vaccinated for this virus, but, as yet, we have not seen a single case of it yet at our practices in Los Angeles, though there was a small break out a few months ago in the shelters. There was a well known and moderately widespread epidemic in Chicago a few years ago, but it's over now and was stopped thanks to isolation, monitoring (tests available for this virus) and vaccination. Vaccines do not seem to keep dogs from getting infected, but drastically lessens the symptoms and time of illness. As far as I am aware, very few if any dogs died in that Chicago epidemic, though hundreds of dogs were infected. Many pretty ill, too, but this bug doesn't seem to kill very often. Still, worse than the other flu virus in dogs (H3N8).
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Old 06-05-2017, 07:27 AM
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Hello from Florida. This is a big deal. At this point I am avoiding taking my dogs to places that are heavily populated by dogs where they will be around them for a long period of time (we went on 1 walk but we don't usually see many dogs). Agility classes are looking like they are going to be canceled for the last 2 weeks before we take our month or 2 long break. Forbes' breeder shows confirmation and this is a big problem. There is still very little known about this virus. From it's incubation period (some are believing it's 5-7 days while others are thinking 24-26 days) and whether vaccines are actually worth it. From what I understand there have been cases of dogs getting the virus after they have had the vaccine. From what I understand it's transmitted through the air, so a sneeze could EASILY spread it. The scariest thing is that there is just so much we don't know

Also from what I understand, if treated correctly and quickly it can be fought and does not have to be deadly.

I think I will be keeping my dogs home for a little while for now....
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Lets all hope it can be successfully contained.
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Old 06-06-2017, 03:59 PM
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From what I hear it is popping up in other states now. People should be aware and diligent.
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I completely agree. It appears that that the virus has spread to the Washington DC area, and the incubation period is on the longer end so that it will be a few weeks before the number of infections becomes apparent. The virus appears to be extremely contagious, which raises many additional issues about even taking your dog outside where other dogs might have been a few hours earlier. I also read that it can be transmitted through humans, although I have not heard what the impact might be of a human being exposed, particularly infants, children and the elderly.
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https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Re...kgrounder.aspx

From this article, it seems that there are two active canine influenza strains, H3N8 and H3N2. There isn't any data to show whether the H3N8 vaccine is effective against H3N2, but are two H3N2 vaccines available.
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Old 06-07-2017, 07:41 AM
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From what I am hearing from my aussie's breeder who does confirmation shows the vaccines are not 100% effective. One dog in Florida recently still contracted the virus even after it was vaccinated. So people are saying that we can't completely rely on vaccines. Honestly I am going to avoid taking my dog to places any time soon. Agility classes have been canceled until the fall and it appears that people are more concerned this year then before as one of the main trail in Florida has been moved from July to September over fear of this virus (It's a huge event with many dogs from all over the state).

I would rather be safe then sorry as vets are trying to figure out how to combat this extremely contagious virus. Also I did hear that it could be spread to cats as well as humans but I didn't research that.
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Agility classes have been canceled until the fall and it appears that people are more concerned this year then before as one of the main trail in Florida has been moved from July to September over fear of this virus (It's a huge event with many dogs from all over the state).

I would rather be safe then sorry as vets are trying to figure out how to combat this extremely contagious virus. Also I did hear that it could be spread to cats as well as humans but I didn't research that.
That's a shame, but understandable. My dog is currently has the H3N8 vaccine, and I'm going to ask my vet about the H3N2 version. We may have to make a trip out of state fairly soon, which will mean kenneling her for a few days, so getting it would probably be a good idea.
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It is definitely worth getting the vaccine, but if you are in one of the states that is currently having a big issue with it (like Florida) I would maybe speak with the boarding facility and find out how they are battling the issue. At this moment I would probably opt for in home care over boarding just because of how contagious it is. It only takes one dog sneezing in an area or someone touching a sick dog and then touching your dog for it to spread. And vaccines aren't 100% working.
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