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Richmond Animal Care and Control Closed for 2 Weeks Due to Canine Flu

Due to the Canine Flu RACC can not pick up stray dogs in the field for 14 days. If you find a stray dog, please try to find the owner or RACC can give you a crate and food to keep them until the quarantine is released.

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The hits just keep on coming. We thought maybe we had paid our dues this year with the increased intakes, reduced adoptions, parvo (times 30) and a call volume we can barely keep up with. NOPE! Now we have a dog that has tested positive for Canine Flu and many others who are symptomatic. Literally, we can’t take much more! RACC IS CLOSING FOR TWO WEEKS to quarantine and mitigate the spread of this illness. We need to limit what comes in to RACC to animal bites/cruelty cases only. We CAN NOT pick up stray dogs in the field for 14 days. If you find a stray dog, please try to find the owner or we can give you a crate and food to keep them until the quarantine is released. Every animal that is already here will stay for 2 weeks observation and treatment if needed. Just because we are especially lucky—this strain can be passed to cats, so we are being extra careful! 🤬 No visitors, volunteers or fosters can enter the building in an effort to keep all the dogs and cats healthy. More to come but good gracious almighty we just need a big hug and lots of canine flu vaccines please!

More on Canine Flu from the American Veterinary Medical Association

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Canine influenza (CI, or dog flu) is caused by the canine influenza virus (CIV), an influenza A virus. It is highly contagious and easily spread from infected dogs to other dogs by direct contact, nasal secretions (through barking, coughing or sneezing), contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes), and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. Dogs of any breed, age, sex or health status are at risk of infection when exposed to the virus.

Currently, two strains of CIV have been identified in the U.S. The H3N8 strain of canine influenza was first identified in 2004 in Florida. Since then, it has been found in several other states. In 2015, the H3N2 virus strain was identified as the cause of an outbreak of canine influenza in Chicago. The virus was known to exist in Asia, but the 2015 outbreak was the first report of the H3N2 virus affecting dogs outside of Asia.

Canine influenza can occur year round. So far, there is no evidence that canine influenza infects people.

Symptoms

The symptoms of a CIV infection resemble those of canine infectious tracheobronchitis (“kennel cough”).   Dogs infected with CIV develop a persistent cough and may develop a thick nasal discharge and fever (often 104-105oF). Other signs can include lethargy, eye discharge and reduced appetite. Canine influenza infections can cause mild to severe illness in dogs. Some infected dogs may not show any signs of illness, but can still be contagious and able to infect other dogs

Most dogs recover within 2-3 weeks. However, some dogs may develop secondary bacterial infections which may lead to more severe illness and pneumonia. Anyone with concerns about their pet’s health, or whose pet is showing signs of canine influenza, should contact their veterinarian.

Laboratory tests are available to diagnose both H3N8 and H3N2 CIV. Consult your veterinarian for more information regarding testing for CIV.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.