We’ve been hearing rumors of an outbreak of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) in the city. After researching and reaching out to the NYC veterinary community, here is what we know:
A veterinary office in lower Manhattan reported that a boarding facility they work with had closed temporarily to disinfect the premises after the outbreak was detected. No definitive test results are available to confirm or deny whether this was an outbreak of CIV.
The big question is whether or not our pets are at risk of exposure to CIV, and if we should take additional precautions. CIV is a respiratory infection, which can cause severe symptoms and is highly infectious. The risk of outbreaks is higher in densely populated areas such as NYC, where dogs interact regularly on the street, at parks, and at daycare, boarding, and grooming facilities.
At Uptown Vets, we carry and regularly use a vaccine against the CIV virus. While it is not considered a core vaccine, more and more boarding, grooming, and daycare facilities are requiring it as a precaution. The vaccine is given as a series of two injections, administered 14-28 days apart, then boostered annually. Dogs are fully protected against the virus 7 days after the second dose is administered.