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Canine Influenza in SLO County?
There have been many rumors about an outbreak of Canine Influenza, or dog flu, in San Luis Obispo. Here is what we know:
There has been a mild outbreak of canine influenza in Los Angeles county this summer.
There has been an increase in respiratory disease in dogs in the San Luis area. The DVM’s at ACC have been seeing mild respiratory disease for almost 2 months now.
There has been one dog that has tested positive for influenza in San Luis County in mid to late September.
There was an outbreak of respiratory disease among dogs in a boarding facility in the Atascadero area. One of these dogs was previously very debilitated and did die, but that dog was not tested for influenza. Dogs in this facility that had been vaccinated for influenza were very mildly affected while the unvaccinated dogs did get sick and received veterinary care and have recovered. We suspect this outbreak was influenza.
Dogs can shed virus for up to 28 days after exposure.
While there does not appear to be an outbreak in SLO county as of now (10/1/21), the virus has clearly been here and the potential for spread is real, particularly among highly social dogs.
Animal Care Clinic is prepared to provide Canine Influenza vaccines and to keep up with a high demand should that occur.