Frequently Asked Questions at La Crosse Veterinary Clinic
CIV is part of the family of Canine Infectious Respiratory Diseases (CIRD). This is a disease of dogs, not of humans. Although a new strain (H3N2) has been found in the U.S., it's important to keep in mind that the previous strain (H3N8) has not disappeared. La Crosse Veterinary Clinic is following the state's recommendations to recommend vaccines for both strains of CIV. These two vaccines are completely separate from each other; one cannot booster the other.
About 80% of dogs infected with CIV will have a mild-moderate form of the disease. However, up to 20% of infected dogs will have moderate to severe illness. The most common clinical signs of the virus include:
- Coughing and retching
- Nasal and/or ocular discharge
- Decreased appetite
CIV is spread from dog to dog through direct contact, through the air, via contaminated surfaces, or through contaminated humans. This means that your dog could be at risk if they come in close proximity with other dogs, such as at a doggie day care, boarding facility, or grooming facility.
The Wisconsin State Veterinarian and the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine both recommend that dogs be vaccinated for both strains of canine influenza, since both are present in Wisconsin and surrounding states. The La Crosse Veterinary Clinic veterinarians all agree with this recommendation to protect your dog.
Both my cats love the service here. Never want to leave even after shots. Ladies at the front desk are always friendly. Vets are great. Highly recommend.
Dr. Skime and Krissy are fantastic! My 6 month old golden retriever ingested sugar free gum and was in pretty serious condition when I brought her in after hours. They worked so hard to bring her back to us:-). Our whole family thanks you for all you do (and Miss Lena too!)!
Our Sophie, a new German Shepherd rescue, loves Dr. Mitzelfeldt and staff! They were very kind and welcoming, helping us enter and leave the office without coming into contact with other pets, which helped Sophie stay calm and focused. Thank you for the wonderful care.
We've been going to La Crosse Vet Clinic for many years. They have been excellent! I commend them for being very understanding, kind and professional during difficult times. Five stars in our book!
I love the staff at La Crosse Vet clinic! They are always extremely friendly and helpful, and never make me feel like I'm asking a stupid question, or bothering them with all of my, sometimes off the wall, questions! Thank you for taking such wonderful care of my pets!