ALERT: Canine Influenza Outbreak

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: January 12, 2018

Welcome to SFVMA


Upcoming Meeting — Winter 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

“Anesthetic Considerations in Cats”

Dr. Kristine Siao, DVM, MS

Dr. Kristine Siao received her BS in biochemistry and cell biology at UC San Diego. She went on to earn an MS in pharmacology and toxicology at UC Davis, and then earned her DVM from UC Davis in 2013. Dr. Siao then completed her small animal rotating internship at VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists. She finished her residency in veterinary anesthesia and critical patient care at UC Davis in 2017. When she isn’t busy work, Dr. Siao enjoys sampling the various restaurants San Francisco has to offer. She loves the moments she is able to leave the city and spend weekends in nature to hike, and she is an avid backpacker, runner, and golfer.


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 Winter 2017 SFVMA Meeting by Monday, November 13


All meetings are open to all DVMs

Non-members pay $75
Annual membership $230

2018 Meeting Dates

  • March 15
  • 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 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:

SFVMA News — Winter 2017

support the community… join the SFVMA board!

Another way to continue to support the community is to join the SFVMA board! Please email me at if you are interested in running for treasurer, secretary, or president. We will be voting at the November meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting please let me know and we can still put in your nomination. Being part of the board only requires you to attend 4 board meetings a year. When all positions are filled this is a minimal commitment that really helps keep everything running smoothly. There is also the opportunity to join committees — these only require a commitment when certain issues arise — i.e. a complaint to the board, a natural disaster requiring fundraising/support organization/etc. Please email me if you are interested in joining a committee.

Winter Meeting Sponsor

Open Seat on the Animal Control and Welfare Commission

The Commission of Animal Control & Welfare is made up of seven voting commissioners and four non-voting commission members; four seats on the Commission are currently coming to term.

In addition a fifth seat, reserved for a licensed veterinarian practicing in San Francisco, is also vacant due to a resignation from the Commission. If you are interested in serving on the Commission of Animal Control and Welfare, you can download an application and receive further information here.

Learn more about The Commission of Animal Control & Welfare on their website.