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We spoke to Dr, Jim Shively at Stateline Animal Hospital and he told us that he has not seen any cases of the new strains, but that it is spreading like crazy in neighboring states. He told us that he had been in contact with a network of veterinarians that are concerned over the rate that CIV is being spread. He shared an email regarding the subject that he had received on June 1 from the University of Florida, where experts believe this is just the beginning of something that could be very bad and are encouraging vaccinations for all dogs as soon as possible.
“I am sure by now you are aware that there have been curent outbreaks of CIV in Georgia, Florida, and now Monroe, Louisiana. Dr. Brent White has dogs he feels are likely CIV positive and has sent specimens to Cornell for testing.
Dr. Crawford from University of Florida, did a ‘Facebook Live’ session today and below are the summary notes.
Still only communicating “over a dozen confirmed cases in Florida”. there is no central data collection in the state, so she cannot comment on what she has not seen. Feels the UF cases are only the “Tip of the Iceberg”.
Highly recommends vaccinating all dogs. Reduces severity & length of disease/illness, but not guranteed to prevent disease in all dogs. Same as human flu vaccine.
Best chance to prevent is to create “Community Immunity”, and vaccinate at least 70% of the dogs in the community. Would help to protect the exposed unvaccinated dogs.
Expense of vaccine is far less than the cost of a hospitalized sick dog.
Virus will live and spread for 8-24 hours, so hygiene/cleansing is extremely important. Clothing, hand washing, etc…
Most dogs fall into a risk group. Dog show attendees at the highest risk, but high concern also for shelter dogs
Has shown to infect cats
Take home message: Prevention is the key, Vaccination is the best defense!