It’s official: we have had our first positive case of Canine Influenza Virus (H3N2 and H3N8 virus) in Washtenaw County! The virus can be spread rapidly with direct contact (kissing, licking, nuzzling, playing), cough/sneeze, contaminated objects (dog bowls/toys/door knobs and clothing) and people.
The same canine Influenza outbreak originating in Chicago in 2015 appears to have reappeared in Toledo, OH.
At this time the canine flu vaccine available from companies such as Merck or Zoetis is not effective in treating the current flu strain. The current available vaccination may offer some protection but it was developed for treating flu strain h3n8, and the current strain is unique, labeled h3n2.