Results received from the Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed canine influenza virus H3N2 in the two dogs who developed respiratory disease while boarding at a Kent, WA boarding kennel in late December/early January. These two dogs has previously tested positive for canine influenza virus on pcr testing at Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) at WSU. Both acute and convalescent (10-14 days later) titers were evaluated at Cornell. The acute titers were negative, the convalescent titers positive for H3N2. According to the primary care veterinarian, the dogs did not have fevers but did have cough, treatment was minimal and they are now doing well.

Veterinarians interested in testing for canine influenza virus (CIV) in patients with respiratory disease should contact their reference laboratory for information on CIV testing by pcr and serology.  Dr. Beth Lipton, public health veterinarian for Seattle/King County is putting together a reporting form for area veterinarians which should be available shortly. At this time, the WSVMA is not aware of any other dogs testing positive for canine influenza.

Dogs should be up to date on their core vaccinations. Vaccination for canine influenza virus is still based on risk of exposure of the individual dog and concerns of both the veterinarian and dog owner.

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Two dogs test positive for H3N2 canine influenza
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