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Canine Influenza

Canine influenza is on the rise in the U.S.

Unfortunately, recently Michigan has seen an upward trend in canine influenza numbers. “As of July 25, MDARD has had 18 confirmed cases of canine influenza reported for 2018. These cases were in four counties: Huron (one), Macomb (six), Oakland (eight), and Wayne (three).

Canine influenza symptoms and diagnosis 

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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.

The symptoms of a CIV infection resemble those of canine infectious tracheobronchitis ("kennel cough").  

  • a persistent cough and may develop a thick nasal discharge and fever (often 104-105oF).  
  •  lethargy
  •  eye discharge  
  •  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. It should be noted that canine flu does not sicken people.

We carry the vaccine and we are booking appointments now in the comfort of your own home. Please call us for our next available appointment 248.506.1104

Canine influenza is a reportable disease in Michigan, which means veterinarians and diagnostic labs must notify the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development if they suspect canine influenza or have a positive test.  

As a reminder, requirements to import animals, including dogs, into the state of Michigan can be found at www.michigan.gov/animalimport. Learn more about canine influenza on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s canine influenza webpage.

QUESTIONS?  Please Contact The Michigan dept of Agriculture and Development - Phone: 800-292-3939  

c Michigan Dept of Agriculture & Rural Development · P.O. Box 30017 · Lansing, MI 48909 · 1-800-292-3939 


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