August 12, 2022                                                                         NOTICE TO ALL DOG OWNERS

I apologize for another email so soon after the previous one this week. This is urgent information for dog owners. We posted on Facebook that there is a significant outbreak of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV). The post on Facebook mentions the “hundreds of dogs that have come down with CIV” in the Birmingham, AL area. Veterinarians in the Birmingham area are advising owners to keep their dogs inside. In addition, some area groomers and boarding facilities have closed.

Earlier this week we heard from one of our pharmaceutical representatives that Nashville is seeing an “alarming increase in CIV cases too.” Over the weekend Nashville Channel 5 did a piece on CIV and then we were informed that that hospitals are seeing additional cases in Franklin, TN. We have also heard from a few clients that their pets are “showing signs of CIV symptoms”. As mentioned in an email earlier in the year, middle Tennessee is now home to a lot of folks moving into the area from western states. Earlier this year a few of the western states had their own outbreaks of CIV. CIV is a virus, once contracted we can only treat the symptoms. The best way to avoid it is to keep your pet inside and away from other animals, or have them vaccinated and “boostered” appropriately.

Because of this outbreak and the rise in CIV cases in the area, effective immediately, we are requiring any owners that are boarding their pets with us in the days ahead, to also have a current CIV vaccine. We have required Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella vaccines for some time, but now we will also require CIV. If you currently have boarding reservations with us, call to get your pet vaccinated as soon as possible. We will be reaching out to those of you that we do not hear from if you do not schedule your vaccine appointment soon. We have approximately 30 CIV vaccines on hand. Understand that CIV requires the initial vaccine, and a booster of the vaccine three weeks later. Currently, then, we can treat up to 30 patients while we wait for our next delivery of additional vaccines for the boosters. The CIV vaccine has been in use for approximately 15 years. The vaccine we use is effective against two strains, H3N2 and H3N8. 

If you want your dog vaccinated, please call to get scheduled. In order to avoid an exam, your dog must have had an exam with the doctor within the last twelve months. Otherwise, an exam will be necessary to ensure your pet is healthy enough for the vaccine to be given. Each dose of the vaccine costs $41.41. The process is, you make an appointment for the first dose, then after that dose is given, a Medical Care Team member will make a second appointment for you three weeks out. At that time the booster will be given. After the initial dose and booster, in order to keep your pet as protected as possible, they must receive the CIV vaccine annually like they do the Rabies vaccine. Vaccinated dogs can still get CIV but the vaccines help the sickness from becoming fatal by keeping it from developing into pneumonia. There is no guarantee. 

Signs of CIV include coughing, difficulty breathing and nasal discharge. It can start out mild and become worse. If your pet experiences these symptoms, call for an appointment. When you arrive, you will be directed to remain in your car, keeping your pet in your car until one of our Medical Care Team members can retrieve your pet and bring it straight into an exam room for the appointment. Do not let your dog out to “walk around the grounds”. If you have questions please call or text the office, or email us at information@companionpetstn.com.

Thank you for your time and attention to this email.

Respectfully,

Dave Anderson
Practice Manager