Health Clearance Requirement
There has been a recent outbreak in the state of Florida for canine influenza; a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by specific Type A influenza viruses known to infect dogs. There are two different influenza A dog flu viruses: one is an H3N8 virus and the other is an H3N2 virus.
Canine influenza is an important respiratory disease for socially active dogs and is highly contagious disease that knows no boundaries.
Please carefully read, and submit the required form below. This form is required for all dogs participating in daycare or overnight accommodations.
- Coughing (dry, as in “canine cough,” or moist)
- Low-grade fever
- Nasal discharge
- Lack of energy
- Loss of appetite
- Dogs that come from shelters, rescue centers, breeding kennels, or pet stores
- Boarding at a kennel or doggie daycare
- Visiting groomers, dog parks, or engaging with other dogs on a daily basis
- Dogs that participate in events/competitions
- Dogs that travel
- Dogs of veterinary staff that may be exposed through contaminated fomites
Wherever dogs congregate, CIV is easily spread by
- Direct contact, such as when dogs kiss, lick, or nuzzle each other
- Droplets in the air from a cough or sneeze
- Contaminated objects, such as doggie bowls, doorknobs, or clothing
- The hands of pet owners, veterinary clinic staff, and shelter workers