The Animal Foundation Takes Precautionary Measures to Manage Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) in the Las Vegas Valley

All shelter dogs being vaccinated for CIV immediately upon intake 

CIV vaccines and boosters to be made available to the public at cost for only $20 for both doses

Las VegasThe Animal Foundation is taking a series of proactive steps to manage the H3N2 strain of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV), which is anticipated to make its way to the Las Vegas Valley in the near future.  The Animal Foundation has started vaccinating dogs currently in the shelter population for CIV and will vaccinate all new dogs six (6) weeks of age and older immediately upon intake to the shelter.  Any dogs still in the shelter two weeks later will receive booster vaccines. Vaccination information and booster schedules for dogs that have left the shelter before they receive their booster vaccine will be provided to adopters, people reclaiming their dogs, transfer partners, and others.  These dogs can return to the shelter’s vaccination clinic for their booster vaccine at the shelter’s cost of only $10. Additionally, the shelter’s Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic will offer CIV vaccines and boosters ($20 for both doses) to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis during the hours of 3:00 to 6:00pm Monday through Friday and 10:00am to 3:00pm Saturdays and Sundays. No appointments are necessary.

 

“While we have not seen any occurrences of CIV in our shelter as of yet, we want to be as prepared as possible to manage CIV in our community,” said Ken Sieranski, Chief Veterinarian for The Animal Foundation. “The good news is that there is a vaccine for CIV and this will be the most important tool for preventing the spread of the virus throughout the Las Vegas Valley. We are committed to supporting the community and to offering these vaccines at cost for as long as we can afford to do so.”

 

CIV is very contagious and can be spread through direct contact with an infected dog or contact with environments, objects, or people contaminated with the virus. Dogs infected with CIV display symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge.  It is important to know that respiratory droplets can travel more than 20 feet when an infected dog is coughing.  Dogs may be contagious and spreading CIV even before they show symptoms of illness, as well as up to four (4) weeks after becoming ill, even if they have recovered themselves.

 

In addition to vaccinating shelter dogs, The Animal Foundation is taking every possible precaution to try to prevent entry of the virus into the shelter population.  Signage at the entrance to its Admissions Lobby will be posted asking patrons not to bring coughing dogs into the building and to instead call for assistance.  Shelter staff members are adopting increased biosecurity measures including exercising vigilance in observing and reporting any symptoms of respiratory infection for immediate medical attention.

 

Added Sieranski, “The more dogs that are vaccinated in our community, the less opportunity there will be for spread from dog to dog.  Community members should especially consider vaccinating their dogs if they are boarded, visit dog parks, or otherwise are exposed to other dogs. Keeping sick dogs separated from others is also crucial. Working together, I am confident we can be successful in managing this concern.”

 

Operating as Nevada’s largest open-admission animal shelter, The Animal Foundation provides refuge and healthcare for thousands of helpless animals annually. The Animal Foundation is open daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information and to view adoptable pets, please visit animalfoundation.com.

 

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ABOUT THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION:
The Animal Foundation is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of all healthy and treatable animals in the Las Vegas Valley. The Animal Foundation operates the highest volume single-site animal shelter in America, saving more than 21,000 pets every year. Founded in 1978, The Animal Foundation’s lifesaving programs are designed to address the root causes of pet overpopulation and homelessness and include: adoptions; low-cost spay/neuter, microchipping and vaccination services; lost & found pets; Community Cats; and more. In June 2015, The Animal Foundation announced Mission: Possible 2020, a strategic initiative to save the lives of all healthy and treatable animals who come to them in need by the end of the year 2020. To learn more about The Animal Foundation or view adoptable pets online, visit animalfoundation.com.

 

Media Contact:

Kelly Leahy

Communications Manager | 702-955-5927 or 314-596-1375

kleahy@animalfoundation.com

 

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