April 16, 2015
It is now a concern that dogs are now catching a serious flu that is spreading. Six dogs have died thus far. As we look at the epidemic of sickness being spread it is incumbent of pet owners to now be aware. The news of a “Dog flu spreading through the Midwest” is leading to “A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other pets to stop it from spreading further.”
The concern for this writer is now that this flu is contained in the Midwest what is to prevent this flu from spreading outside of the Midwest.
“The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine says the virus has sickened at least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. Recent tests from the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have identified the strain as H3N2. Clinical assistant professor Keith Poulsen says it’s not yet known how effective current vaccines are against this strain, which is believed to have come from Asia. He said an older strain, H3N8, has also been detected in the region.”
“Both viruses can cause persistent cough, runny nose and fever in dogs. Experts say a small percentage will develop more severe symptoms. The H3N2 infection has been associated with some deaths.”
I suggest that cleanliness and precautions be implemented from dog-to-dog-contact and human-to-dog-contact. The need for washing of hands and preventing dogs from resting where children and/or immune challenged adults lay is important. This was not stated but caution is an pound of prevention when unknown challenges persist.