Canine Influenza Virus (Canine Flu)

Jun 28 2017

You may have heard about Canine Influenza (Canine Flu or Dog Flu) virus in east Tennessee. While most dogs are not at risk, Appalachian Animal Clinic wants all dogs to be protected and offer the Canine Influenza Vaccine.

What is Canine Influenza?

Canine Influenza is a contagious respiratory virus transmitted between dogs, but does NOT infect people. Most dogs with this virus will show mild symptoms such as coughing, runny nose or fever.

How is it spread?

As with most flu viruses, it is spread by air or close contact with an infected dog. Dogs most at risk are the very young, very old, and any dogs with a compromised immune system. The higher risk is that these dogs may also contract a secondary infection such as pneumonia.


Once a physical examination is completed and diagnosis assessed, a treatment plan specific to the pet can be established.  However, we recommend the vaccination to keep dogs protected from this disease.

Call 479-4760 to schedule your vaccination appointment or examination appointment if your dog is coughing or sneezing.