Contagious for Dogs
Dog Flu, also referred to as canine influenza virus, or CIV, is highly contagious and rapidly spread by a combination of aerosols, droplets, and direct contact with respiratory secretions or contaminated fomites. Unlike Bordetella, there is no treatment other than supportive treatment.
Sneezing, coughing, and nasal discharge can cause Dog Flu virus particles to form suspensions that may remain airborne for prolonged periods of time. Those particles settle on surfaces -- food bowls, water bowls, work surfaces, and anywhere else that might come in contact with an infected dog.2, 23
Due to the particular way this virus spreads, pet professionals must be cautious, aware and follow prevention and containment protocols. Watch your client's pets for signs of illness.