Canine influenza has made a comeback this spring, spreading rapidly across the United States. While canine flu has been in the news since the original outbreak in Chicago in 2015, the illness has actually been around for a few decades.
What makes the recent strain so contagious is that there hasn’t been enough time for dogs to build up resistant antibodies. Therefore, it spreads quickly to pets who remain unvaccinated.
A Brief History of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)
Despite causing alarm over the past two years, canine influenza virus (CIV) was first detected in 2004. What was once an equine-specific virus mutated and affected a group of confined racing greyhounds. This strain is known as CIV H3N8. Continue…