Canine Flu Outbreak Triggered Changes for Shamrock

Canine Flu Still a Problem? Ask Your Veterinarian

Last year’s outbreak of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) was in the news a lot when several dogs were reported to have tested positive for CIV.  Some veterinarians feel it is still an issue; some do not.

The Shamrock Pet Foundation (Shamrock) implemented some new strategies last year for showing and placement of their foster animals:

  • All dogs being fostered by Shamrock will be required to have the two-step CIV shot before they will be allowed to be adopted. A second booster shot is required two weeks after the first shot.
  • Foster families must also have their own dogs properly vaccinated against CIV.
  • All of the dogs brought to adoption night have been vaccinated against CIV and are safe to be adopted into new forever homes.
  • Any new dog coming into Shamrock’s system must be properly immunized against CIV along with our regular immunizations (which cover DHPP, Bordetella, heartworm and fleas/ticks) before it becomes adoptable.

This has slowed down our adoptions slightly as new animals came into our system, but we are committed to doing what we can to help keep our Louisville dog-loving community as healthy and virus-free as possible.

Because viruses can survive for hours to days on surfaces such as hands, shoes, clothing, community dog feeding/watering stations and sleeping quarters, the best thing to do would be to immunize your dog as soon as possible and disinfect any items that it may come into contact with. The animals at highest risk are those who live in close proximity to others (in the same home or next door with adjoining yards), who visit dog parks, who are taken to a groomer, or who are being temporarily kenneled or living in animal shelters.

For more information on CIV (dog flu), please check with your veterinarian. Flu shots are available now through your veterinarian or animal care facilities (such as Metro Animal Services), and prices range from $25-$60. Please call ahead and make an appointment. If your animal shows any signs of cough (or even if they do not), the vet may choose to administer the shot outside to help limit the spread of the virus in their offices.

Many local veterinarians are still taking this very seriously. So should you. Protecting your animal by getting it a shot is a minimal cost compared to the cost of caring for and trying to save an animal that has been infected with CIV.