There are countless reasons why you should not postpone paying a visit the vet to check on the dog that lives in the same house with you, climbs into your bed and whom you love so much. A new threat was issued for our faithful pets. The Canine Influenza was reported to have reached epidemic status in Chicago, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana and has already crossed state borders. The dog has so far made 1100 dogs sick and killed at least six. Specialists addressed the issue at the Central Ohio Kennel Club Show in Columbus.
In the last ten years, Dog Flu has been encountered in more than thirty states but it has now become epidemic in the Chicago area. This prompted many centers that offered grooming, training and boarding services to close for a while, in order to prevent the virus from spreading. Officials said that a new strain appeared and it seems to be more than dangerous than the virus that veterinary doctors were familiarized with. According to them, the vaccine available on the market might even have no effect on the dog that has been affected by this year’s virus. However, pet doctors claim that it is the only form of protection at our disposal so far. Among other recommendations, specialists say it is best to keep the dogs indoors and prevent them from coming into contact with others of their kind. Crowded places such as parks or dog salons are more likely to be packed with harmful germs for them, so you should try to keep clear of such sites. At the same time, we should keep an eye on the first symptoms. The most common ones are runny nose, fever, loss of appetite, persistent cough and a general state of lethargy. Older animals and very young puppies, whose immune system is weaker, are more at risk. Because this virus is fairly new, our dogs’ immune system is not naturally inclined to fight against it. They are in danger in developing pneumonia and die due to complications. Thus, it is important to detect the disease from its early stages and have your canine buddy undergo appropriate treatment.
After analyzing the strain, experts at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory concluded that the new virus is a H3N2, and not a H3N8 as it was believed before. This strain is dangerous to cats and dogs alike. It is believed the virus was imported from China or South Korea, because the last outbreak of this kind was registered in Asia.
Your dog can usually contact the virus from other dogs. However, humans also risk sickening their pets if they make contact with other animals that have caught the flu and don’t take the necessary precautions. The virus is said to be very strong and it can survive on various types of surfaces. The good news for humans is that there is no danger of contacting it and getting sick. Nevertheless, if we want to remain the happy owners of healthy pets, we must not neglect the symptoms of this dangerous respiratory virus.
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