HealthCanine Influenza

August 13, 2021by kennelclublax

In mid-July 2021, an outbreak of Canine Influenza (H3N2) was found in LA County and affected multiple dog boarding facilities including Kennel Club LAX.

Canine influenza (dog flu) is a virus that affects dogs. Two strains have been identified in the US: H3N8 and H3N2. The first strain, H3N8, was first found in Florida in 2004 and has since spread to most of the U.S. The second strain, H3N2, was first found in March 2015 following an outbreak in Chicago and detected again in July 2021 in LA County.

Canine influenza is passed between dogs through droplets or aerosols coming from coughing, barking and sneezing. Dogs in close contact with infected dogs are at increased risk of getting the disease. The virus can also be spread indirectly through objects (e.g., food and water bowls, collars and leashes) or people that have been in contact with an infected dog. It is important to clean and disinfect these objects to avoid exposing other dogs to the virus. Additionally, people who have been in contact with an infected dog should wash their hands and clean their clothing to avoid spreading the virus.

Similar to canine cough, influenza also causes a runny nose and coughing. In addition to these symptoms, the H3N2 virus can make your dog feel tired and sick with fever. It can be very serious and there is risk for secondary infections like pneumonia. Canine influenza is more serious than canine cough and can even be fatal.

Starting September 1, 2021, all dogs visiting Kennel Club LAX must be vaccinated against Canine Influenza.  The vaccine requires 2 doses separated by a few weeks. Email your vaccine records (showing both doses) to kennelclublax@shots.pet

Additional requirements also apply:

  • No toys / personal items from home. We no longer allow toys or personal items brought from home into our facility. Food, medicine and treats are still allowed.
  • No recent visits to dog parks, boarding facilities, daycares or international travel. To visit us, your pet must not have been exposed to a dog park, boarding facility, daycare or traveled internationally within the last 14 days. You will be required to sign off on this at check-in.
  • No recently sick dogs. Your dog must not have exhibited signs of illness consistent with a respiratory disease within the last 28 days. You will be required to sign off on this at check-in.

We are committed to your pet’s health, safety and well-being. As a premier provider of boarding and daycare services in Los Angeles, we know you count on us to provide safe and loving services for your pets.

For more details about how the LA County outbreak affected us, you can read our post about Canine Influenza – Summer 2021.

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