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ALERT: Canine Influenza Outbreak

UPDATE — February 24, 2018: Unfortunately, we have had several additional influenza cases reported in the last couple days. Many were boarded at Pet Camp, but not all.

Sandy Hazanow has organized a Slack group for vets to add and follow new cases. She can be emailed at doggledoc@yahoo.com for an invitation to join the group.

Please join to keep up on the latest about the influenza outbreak

UPDATE — February 19, 2018: The SFVMA now has reports of an additional three cases of influenza in San Francisco. All three dogs were boarded at Pet Camp between 2/4/18 and 2/12/18. Please let us know if new cases are identified.

UPDATE — February 9, 2018: The SFVMA now has reports of two confirmed cases of canine influenza in San Francisco. Both dogs were boarded in facilities in the South Bay and are being quarantined at home. We will continue to update this page as we receive reports.

There is currently an outbreak of canine influenza going on in the South Bay. We do not yet have any cases to report to the Veterinary Medical Association in San Francisco. The following information has been provided by Dr. Valerie Brons:

In the South Bay over 50 coughing dogs have been seen at two emergency clinics in the past week; so far at least three of their patients have tested positive for canine influenza H3N2.

A canine respiratory panel (that specifically tests for H3N8 and H3N2) is recommended if a dog is coughing and/or has a fever. There can be some false negatives on this test.

Sick DogIt is recommended to vaccinate unaffected dogs who will be exposed to other dogs (boarding, shows, dog park, grooming, or if they have been exposed to any dog that is coughing etc.) with the new H3N2/H3N8 influenza vaccine. This is a series of 2 vaccines given 3 weeks apart. If the dog is already coughing, it is too late for the vaccine to be effective.

Influenza-infected dogs are thought to have immunity for 2 years once they have recovered.

For any affected dogs treatment is symptomatic since this is a viral infection, however bacterial co-infection and pneumonia is possible and bloodwork and x-rays are recommended in addition to the respiratory panel. An antibiotic may or may not be recommended on a case by case basis.

Testing is available through multiple laboratories and can take 3-14 days for results depending on the specific test and lab.

The good news is, so far, treated cases have not been fatal, and overall this virus has high morbidity low mortality.

Updated: February 24, 2018

Upcoming Meeting — Spring 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018

“Identifying and Managing Ophthalmic Emergencies”

Dr. Katie Freeman

Dr. Katie Freeman received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University with a concentration in environmental health and a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University focusing on marine conservation and ecology. She then entered a veterinary medicine program at North Carolina State University where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). She then completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Colorado State University and completed her residency in comparative ophthalmology at UC Davis.

After working in private practice in CA, Dr. Freeman accepted an assistant professor position and she has been a faculty member at Colorado State University for the past 4 years. She is now returning to the Bay Area with her two dogs (Kigali and River, shown at left), cat, husband and young son. She enjoys spending time outdoors and loves hiking, running, and roller derby.

Dr. Freeman is frequently involved in wildlife pro-bono veterinary care and her special interests within ophthalmology include ophthalmic surgery, optics, tear film dynamics and surface ocular disease, as well as wildlife and exotic animal ophthalmology.


6:30 pm Hors d’oeuvre and No Host Bar
7:15 pm Dinner and Meeting
8:00 pm Program

(See RSVP for full menu)

All Meetings at The Cliff House

1090 Point Lobos
San Francisco, CA 94121

(415) 386-3330

Cliff House

RSVP for Spring 2018 SFVMA Meeting by Monday, March 12


All meetings are open to all DVMs

Non-members pay $75
Annual membership $230

2018 Meeting Dates

  • June 21
  • September 20
  • November 15

Rabies Clinic

Sunday, March 4, 2018
10am – 1pm
$6 per Vaccine!

(Dogs Only / Cash Only)

Rabies Clinic

The SFVMA sponsors Rabies Clinics on four Sundays each year. Rabies clinics are held at Animal Care and Control (ACC), 1200 15th Street (at Harrison), in the “Get Acquainted” Room.

Animal Care and Control

2018 Rabies Clinic Schedule

(Always on Sunday)
  • March 4
  • June 10
  • September 9
  • December 9

Thanks to Our Volunteers!

Thank you to all the volunteers that continually make these clinics a success! Volunteers are still needed for the December Rabies Clinic and we are starting sign ups for the 2018 clinics.

Please email sfvmavp@gmail.com with your information to sign up for a clinic. Rabies clinics will be held at Animal Care and Control (ACC), 1200 15th Street (at Harrison) from 10am–1pm.

Please contact Anna DeVincenzi if you have any questions or would like to volunteer: sfvmavp@gmail.com

SFVMA News — Spring 2018

Spring Meeting Sponsor

Greetings and Happy New Year from the SFVMA!

It’s dues time again! We are a little behind this year due to a change in many board members (please bear with us)!

Whether you are a potential new member or renewing your membership, please take a moment to be sure that your contact information is up-to-date with us (especially the email address to which the newsletter should be directed) by completing a membership application. The membership form may be submitted electronically on this website.

Membership Application Form (online via PayPal)

Dues are $230 per year (for 4 quarterly meetings) per member. Dues payments may be made with either check, or by PayPal through the invoice forms available on the website. If payment is made for more than one application, please clearly indicate which individuals are included in the payment (this option is also available online, or a list of individuals to be covered may be emailed to the treasurer). Each member should complete an application regardless of payment method so that their contact information is updated. Payment is due by April 15th. After this date, payments will be on a “per meeting” basis ($75 per meeting). No exceptions!

SFVMA members’ names will be listed on the website with hospital affiliation. Email addresses will be confidential and used only for the purposes of communicating with the membership regarding matters related to the organization.

We look forward to seeing you at the Cliff House on March 15th for the first meeting of 2018!


Amy Lightstone BVSc
SFVMA Secretary

Keely Commins DVM
SFVMA Treasurer