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From the LA Public Health - Veterinary Public Health Center:
 
A notice to all dog owners:
 
There is a canine influenza H3N2 (CIV H3N2) outbreak that is surging across LA County at unprecedented levels. After spreading in multiple boarding kennels and day care centers since mid-July, it has now been introduced in at least 2 animal shelters. In preparation for the upcoming holidays and anticipated travel, it is important for your dog to get vaccinated for CIV H3N2 and leptospirosis, and for owners to be aware of these outbreaks.
 
We have received notices that dog owners are experiencing difficulties in getting access to these vaccines. All Pets Medical and Surgical Center offers Canine Influenza H3N2 vaccinations for your pet - please do not hesitate to contact us and make an appointment. Below is relevant information regarding the outbreaks.
 
 Current outbreak status:
Canine Influenza H3N2:
  • Over 800 reported confirmed and suspected cases and 7 reported deaths in LA County.
  • 2 animal shelters affected.
  • Spreading rapidly at pet boarding and daycare facilities located throughout the county.
  • Some pets have been infected at dog parks, while on walks, and where they come near other dogs.
  • Cases of CIV H3N2 are being reported in the surrounding counties as well.
Leptospirosis:
  • 150 reported confirmed and suspected cases and 6 reported deaths in LA County.
  • Most cases associated with boarding, daycare, dog parks, primarily in West LA and Santa Monica area.
  • Some cases associated with exposure on walks around the neighborhood.
 
Steps to take:
  • We anticipate a potential winter surge in both diseases because of increased use of pet boarding, dog sitting, daycare and grooming services during the holiday season.
  • County shelters, City shelters, and non-profit groups will have vaccination clinics, but may not be able to meet the demand for vaccination to stop the outbreaks - it's important that you get your vaccination up to date before this point.
  • CIV H3N2:
    • If your pet becomes infected, please isolate them from other pets around you for up to 28 days.
    • VPH and All Pets Medical and Surgical Center strongly recommend that dogs be fully vaccinated against CIV H3N2 before they enter boarding kennels, dog day care, dog parks, or engage in dog group activities. This vaccine is also advisable for dogs that may occasionally encounter other dogs.
    • Fully vaccinated = ≥14 days post-completion of the primary series.
    • Educate clients that the CIV H3N2 vaccination is designed to decrease the severity of clinical disease and viral shedding but does not prevent against infection. Therefore, herd immunity in the community is important for outbreak control.
  • Leptospirosis:
    • VPH continues to consider the quadrivalent leptospirosis vaccine as a core vaccine for dogs in Los Angeles County, however it is of particular importance that dogs are fully vaccinated against leptospirosis before they enter boarding kennels, dog day care, dog parks, or engage in dog group activities.
    • Fully vaccinated = ≥14 days post-completion of the primary series.
  • Help spread the word in your community. The more pet owners are aware of the issue, the more can be done to stop the outbreak.

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