H3N2 dog flu confirmed in Florida: 5 things to know

The University of Florida is treating several dogs for a strain of canine influenza not yet seen in Florida.

  • UF vets treating a dozen dogs for H3N2 canine influenza
  • 1st time H3N2 dog flu has been found in Florida
  • 1st showed up in the US in 2015
  • RELATED: UF canine influenza FAQ for pet owners (PDF)

A dozen dogs are being treated for confirmed cases of the H3N2 dog flu at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. All of the dogs being treated are in stable condition.

The H3N2 strain of dog flu is of Asian origin. It first showed up in the United States in 2015 in Chicago and spread across the country. Vets believe the dogs who are being treated for the disease attended competitive dog events.

While another strain of dog flu, H3N8, has been seen in Florida for many years, this is the first time H3N2 has been seen here.

Here are five things to know about the Canine Influenza Virus.