FAQs from La Crosse Veterinary Clinic

What Is Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)?

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.

What Are the Clinical Signs of Canine Influenza?

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
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal and/or ocular discharge
  • Decreased appetite
  • Lethargy
Is My Dog at Risk for Canine Influenza?

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.

How Can I Protect My Dog from Canine Influenza?

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 doctors all agree with this recommendation to protect your dog.

Top 10 Flea Myths

Many people feel like they know all about fleas and the best way to treat them. However, is what you know actually just a myth? Get the jump on fleas by learning about the top 10 flea myths, and for further information, call us at (608) 781-3466!

Fall Flea Questionnaire

Scratching your head about whether or not your dog or cat is properly protected against fleas? Review this Fall Flea Questionnaire to make sure you are doing all you can to keep your pets and your home from an itchy situation! For more information, give us a call at (608) 781-3466.

What You Need to Know About Fleas

Learn more about the little pest that can cause big problems for you and your furry friends in this article. Have questions? Call (608) 781-3466, and we will be happy to help!

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.

-Tina P.

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!)!

-Kerry W.

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.

-Nancy D.

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!

-Dee M.

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! 

-Tiana & Dan R.