Protect your Dog from the New Canine Influenza H3N2

16 Comments Tuesday, March 1st, 2016.

Vaccine clinic H3N2 flyer ASPCA donation smaller fileProgressive Animal Wellness (PAW) of Avon will be hosting a vaccine clinic for the H3N2 strain of the canine influenza virus on Monday March 7, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m to benefit the ASPCA. Canine Influenza H3N2 (CIV H3N2) is the virus responsible for the April 2015 outbreak in Chicago that sickened over 1000 dogs. According to the AVMA and the Cornell University CIV monitoring site, the virus has spread since then affecting over 2000 dogs in over 25 states, including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New York and New Jersey. Because 2015 was the first year the H3N2 CIV strain was seen in the United States, nearly all dogs currently lack immunity. While this virus has shown less than ten percent mortality, recovery can take two to three weeks and dogs remain contagious during that time. Eighty percent of infected animals will show some clinical signs of infection including lethargy, fever, decreased appetite, runny nose and cough. Signs of a severe infection include a high fever and clinical signs of pneumonia including difficulty breathing and supportive measures for recovery can prove costly. CIV is contagious and spread by nose to nose contact or contact with infected droplets from coughing or sneezing. Dogs that are frequently in a group setting such as daycare, kennel, or grooming salon are most at risk.
Until now, the only CIV vaccine available was not effective against the new strain. Fortunately a new vaccine against CIV H3N2 has just been approved for use in Connecticut. Because PAW feels it is important to provide this vaccine to dogs at risk, they will be offering the initial vaccine and its subsequent booster at the reduced total cost of $40. All proceeds will be donated to the ASPCA. No appointment is necessary, but vaccines will be limited to the first 50 patients. Pets need not be current patients at PAW, but a current rabies certificate must be provided. Vaccination certificates will be provided.
Progressive Animal Wellness is located in the Fairways Plaza on Route 44 in Avon. For more information connect with PAW on Facebook (, Twitter (@progressivevet), Instagram (@PAW_vet), or call 860-325-2124.

16 Comments for Protect your Dog from the New Canine Influenza H3N2

Joseph Coe | March 10, 2016 at 1:35 am

Please, can you guide on what to do. I live in California. Is this vaccine available here in California? I will really appreciate any information you can give about this virus.
Thank you.
J Coe

Comment by pawAdmin | July 22, 2016 at 4:35 am

The vaccine is now available in CA. Please contact a local vet with you concerns.

Carl | March 10, 2016 at 2:07 am

I wish this ‘alert’ would be sent to every TV & Radio station for a public announcement.
How do we know every Vet is aware of this serious situation. We don’t so please make contact with as many News Media Co. as possible. Thank you, Carl

Comment by pawAdmin | June 17, 2016 at 1:28 am

Thank you Carl! We did our best to get the word out and even made it on the local news. I hope to be posting that clip soon.

TIMMY WOODS | March 10, 2016 at 2:54 am

I think my 8 month Parti Poodle Puppy may have this flu.she sounds like she may have kennei cough.Where can I take her in L.A.?

Comment by pawAdmin | June 17, 2016 at 1:27 am

I hope you dog has safely recovered. I apologize for the delayed response. We unfortunately do not have any contacts in the L.A. area, but you should establish a relationship with a local veterinarian.

Eva Hatch | March 10, 2016 at 3:00 am

Our dog, Manfred loves to make new friends. I hope he doesn’t get this little bug.

Comment by pawAdmin | June 17, 2016 at 1:25 am

We hope so too! | March 10, 2016 at 5:00 am

Should I get my two blind rescue dogs the H3N2 shots? We live in Oklahoma and travel 9 months of each year only west and far north west, My dogs do not mix with other dogs and I never board them out. THANK YOU CECIL

Comment by pawAdmin | June 17, 2016 at 1:25 am

Hi Cecil,
If you dogs do not mix with other dogs and are never boarded, there exposure risk would be minimal. CIV H3N2 has been found in 30 states as of May 2016 including some in the west and northwest. This website regularly updates with confirmed cases. If you are concerned you should contact your local veterinarian for more information.

R.L. | March 10, 2016 at 2:22 pm

What good are these recommendations when the vaccine is unavailable (at least on the west coast)?

Comment by pawAdmin | July 22, 2016 at 4:34 am

The vaccine is now available on the west coast.

CAROLYN BASSAR | March 14, 2016 at 6:28 pm

when will the vaccine be available in PA ?

Comment by pawAdmin | July 22, 2016 at 4:34 am

The vaccine is now available in all states.

Anita | March 16, 2016 at 2:20 am

Any cases in the state of Virginia? Have 3 year old German Shepherd with pathology confirimined IBD with immune system issues. Should she be vaccinated?

Comment by pawAdmin | June 17, 2016 at 1:21 am

As of May 2016, there aren’t any confirmed cases of CIV H3N2 in Virginia. There have however been confirmed cases in all of the surrounding states. For vaccination advice on your German Shepherd, you should consult with your local veterinarian.

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