Canine Influenza Virus Outbreak in Chicago
There are currently many reported cases of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) in Chicago, and possibly a few cases that have traveled elsewhere in the state. While this is a serious outbreak it is no reason to panic.
The signs of CIV include:
- A dry hacking cough
- Coughing up a white, foamy phlegm
- Lack of appetite
- Runny nose
- Rapid breathing
These symptoms can all also mimic other, less serious infections. If your dog shows any of these concerns please contact our office. It is especially important to let our doctors know if you have traveled anywhere with your pet.
Dog owners that will be traveling to areas near Chicago are advised to leave their pets at home. If your dog must travel with you avoid all places where dogs may gather such as dog parks, dog beaches, kennels, groomers and doggie daycares. Dogs that have already traveled to areas near Chicago are recommended to be kept separate from all other dogs, including those of other family members. If exposure occurs, the current recommendation is for a 3 week home quarantine period.
We will pass along any information we get in an effort to keep the public informed.