As you many have seen or heard, we are currently experiencing a massive and worrisome outbreak of Canine Influenza (CIV). Although Chicago was originally introduced to this virus in 2008, this outbreak is widespread throughout all of the Chicago land area and shows no signs of slowing down.
CIV is a unique virus in two ways: it can affect any age or breed of dog, no matter its health status, and it has a high morbidity rate (the majority of the dogs exposed to the virus become sick). Please note the following important information about CIV: Canine Influenza virus is highly contagious and can live on fabrics for up to 24 hours and on hard surfaces for 48 hours. (more…)