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The rain melted all the snow and we’re starting to get beautiful and bright days again
Unfortunately, Canine Influenza (CIV) is here too. Chicago is currently experiencing endemic levels of CIV. Of course I got the warning email from my vet right after a trip to the dog beach.
It was a fun trip, but it will be our last trip for at least a week
Luckily, neither Eko or Penny show any symptoms but per the recommendation of our vet we’ll be keeping clear of communal dog activities
The good news is that with proper care, most pups with CIV can get over the illness and return to perfect health.
The better news is that there is a two-stage CIV vaccination available. There are no guarantees, but the vaccine is highly effective. Eko and Penny are both active and social pups so there was no question in my mind that I’d get it for them. In fact, we’re off to get the first booster right now.
It’s good for him, but that doesn’t mean Eko has to like it
The “ENDEMIC” and “OUTBREAK” headlines made my heart skip a beat, but thanks to a thoughtful and informative email from my vet I’m feeling a lot better about the situation. I’ll feel even more at ease once the pups are vaccinated.
Hopefully with a concerted effort from people with pups and with the support of our vets we can help the Windy City shake this thing. This is my first time experiencing anything like this, so if you have any familiarity with CIV I’d appreciate any perspective you could offer. Thanks!