VetFolio Can Help You Fight Canine Influenza

This week, officials at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine confirmed more than a dozen cases of canine influenza A virus, a.k.a. “dog flu.” The first twelve dogs tested have been confirmed with the strain of influenza A known as H3N2 CIV.

The announcement prompted the American Kennel Club (AKC) officials to issue an alert this week to AKC members, and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to warn veterinarians to expect calls regarding canine influenza.

The VetFolio Infectious Disease Resource Center has helpful resources on canine influenza designed to help you identify standards of care for the disease, guide you through cleaning and disinfecting to help limit the spread, and educate and inform clients about the illness their pet is facing.

To further help you prepare for potential calls and outbreaks of canine influenza, we’ve compiled the list below of some of the courses and resources on the site related to influenza A.

Avian Influenza: From the Front Lines 

This proceeding from the NAVC Conference 2016 shares lessons learned from a 2015 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, which was the largest foreign animal disease outbreak in the US and a >$600 million dollar response effort. The paper reviews why avian influenza is still so difficult to combat and why ALL practitioners need a working knowledge of this virus.

Canine Influenza Virus: Outbreaks, Prevention, Vaccination - What You Need to Know NOW!

Canine influenza virus (CIV) is one of several pathogens contributing to canine infectious respiratory disease. Two canine influenza viruses are now known to currently cause disease in dogs: H3N2 and H3N8, both of which are type A influenza viruses. This CE course from the NAVC Conference 2016 will briefly discuss historical and epidemiological aspects of CIV, disease transmission, clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment, management, and prevention.

Infectious Disease Preparedness Plan: Example of Canine Influenza in a Municipal Animal Shelter

This course is part of the VetFolio Shelter Medicine Certificate Program. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®), approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. This certificate course is dedicated to improving shelter medicine by offering participants information on everything from parasites to infectious diseases to vaccination and more!

Compendium: Canine Influenza

This article from Compendium offers an in-depth overview of the Canine influenza virus (CIV) including virion properties, epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The article is available for download as a pdf to help you share the information with your staff.

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