What to Know About Canine Influenza
Published: February 21, 2018
To our knowledge, there have been no confirmed cases of
Canine Influenza (CI) from Sonoma County to date.
More information about CI can
be found on the American
Veterinary Medical Association’s website.
- At Sonoma County Animal Services, we have no
confirmed cases of CI.
- We are not currently inoculating our entire
shelter population, but are immunizing certain animals with a higher risk of
contracting the virus should they come in contact with it (i.e. younger, older,
medically compromised dogs).
- Should dogs present symptoms of CI, we would
test the symptomatic dog for CI, isolate symptomatic animals from the rest of
the shelter population and proceed with an appropriate course of treatment.
- Should CI emerge in our area or at our shelter,
we would consider immunizing our shelter population against this virus.
- Care and concern for the health and well-being
of our entire shelter population remains the focus of our work and basis for
- We are communicating regularly with our partner
shelters about our respective status with respect to CI and are committed to
keeping each other informed.
- We recommend talking to your veterinarian about
the best course of action for caring for your pet with respect to CI.
- NOTE: If your dog is coughing or exhibiting
respiratory symptoms, discuss this with your veterinarian and make sure you let
them know your dog is coughing before you bring it to their facility.