New Dog Flu Hits the City | University Animal Hospital NYC

The newest strain of dog flu to really begin impacting New York City dogs isn’t necessarily a new strain of the virus. This virus (know as H3N2 CIV) actually evolved from an avian flu and appeared in both South Korea and China nearly ten years ago. People may remember the virus being a big deal last March in Chicago when a wave of outbreaks were being reported. Since that time at least twenty-six states have reported cases.

It seems as though the virus is now showing signs of life in New York. A new vaccine is now available. This H3N2 flu vaccine is different from the H3N8 vaccine that has been protecting many NYC dogs over the last couple of years and you will need that particular vaccine to keep your dog protected. Neither vaccine can protect against both strains.

In most cases the symptoms include nasal discharge, fatigue, coughing and lack of appetite. The H3N2 virus is spreading more effectively than the H3N8 virus because some dogs do not exhibit symptoms and dogs stay contagious longer. That means an infected dog can be spreading the virus around while the owner is completely unaware there is any problem.

Social dogs are, of course, at a greater risk of infection. The dog flu virus is spread through air, contaminated surfaces (food and water bowls) and humans that have had contact with infected dogs. Boarding facilities, groomers, dog runs and apartment buildings that house many pets are all places that, if frequented, could put your furry child at more risk than others. It’s probably a good idea to avoid those stores or banks that have communal water bowls set out for dogs as well. Can you imagine drinking from a single cup of water that your bank left near the ATMs that several dozen strangers had used that day? I just pictured it and it made me queasy.

Though rare, the canine influenza virus can be deadly in some circumstances. Apparently fewer than ten percent of cases are fatal but that number isn’t minuscule by any means.

Is the dog flu worth vaccinating against or not?

At the very least it is worth discussing with your veterinarian if the vaccine is right for you. Make an appointment to meet with one of our amazing doctors if you are thinking about vaccinating your pet for the flu vaccine.




Canine Influenza and Kennel Cough Outbreak!

Canine Influenza and Kennel Cough Outbreak!

Our doctors are greatly concerned with the increased amount of sick dogs we have seen in the past week. Veterinarians, doggie daycares, grooming parlors and shelters are reporting a dramatic increase in Canine Influenza and kennel cough cases.

We are strongly encouraging all dog owners to be vigilant about watching their pet for symptoms or signs of illness, particularly dogs with high exposure risks. Please be sure to keep

Canine Influenza outbreak in the Tri-state Area!

Veterinarians and shelters are reporting a dramatic increase in Canine Influenza cases, with some shelters even halting all adoptions due to the recent outbreak.

Our doctors strongly recommend that any dog not currently vaccinated against this extremely contagious virus begin immunization immediately.

Canine Influenza is a relatively new disease caused by a “flu” virus (similar to the human flu). Although it is overall not a serious disease, it can be very contagious. A few cases can also progress to significant illness and pneumonia.

It is spread through direct contact between dogs (licking, nuzzling) even while dogs are not currently coughing or showing any other signs of illness.

Please call us with any questions and to schedule an appointment!

University Animal Hospital

(212) 288-8884

354 East 66th Street

New York, NY



Kennel Cough Outbreak in Manhattan!

Cases of Kennel Cough being Reported In Manhattan!

Recently an outbreak of kennel cough, and canine influenza has hit Manhattan. Many boarding facilities, daycare and grooming salons in the area have reported cases of these highly contagious diseases.

Although these diseases are extremely contagious, and potentially deadly, they are preventable by keeping your pet current on his or her vaccines and staying vigilant about your pet’s environment. Even pets who have been vaccinated for Bordetella or Canine Influenza may still be susceptible to other strains of the same disease.

The most common symptom is a dry hacking cough sometimes followed by retching. Many owners describe the cough as having a ‘honking sound.’ A watery nasal discharge may also be present. With mild cases, dogs continue to eat and be alert and active. In more severe cases, the symptoms may progress and include lethargy, fever, lack of appetite, pneumonia, and in very severe cases, even death. The majority of severe cases occur in immunocompromised animals, or young unvaccinated puppies.

University Animal Hospital
(212) 288-8884
354 East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065

Canine Flu – A Vaccination Is Now Available

This summer has proven to be a very active flu season – for dogs, that is. Pet owners, their canine companions and veterinarians across the country are on high alert against the H3N8 canine flu; areas including Florida, New York City, Philadelphia and Denver have all been particularly hard hit by the flu.

Help is on the way, though. In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the first vaccine for canine influenza. The vaccine is now available at University Animal Hospital.

Canine influenza is an extremely contagious respiratory infection. Signs of the infection include cough, sneezing, runny nose and, sometimes, a fever. Canine influenza bears a close resemblance to other canine respiratory illnesses and only diagnostic tests can confirm the presence of canine influenza. It was first discovered in 2004 and has so far been documented in 30 states.

New York City dog owners should be careful. If you notice your dog is coughing, sneezing, or has a runny nose you should not shrug it off as a little cold or even allergies. The early signs of canine influenza are coughing or gagging. Clinical symptoms such as coughing, runny nose, lethargy, depression, and a fever as high as 103-107 degrees typically appear within 7 to 10 days post exposure. The severe form of canine influenza can lead to viral pneumonia.

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