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Posted on 06-19-2017
WHAT PET OWNERS NEED TO KNOW
ABOUT DOG FLU
Canine Influenza (“dog flu”) has been in the news again following several outbreaks in various parts of the country with a growing number located in the southeast. This has resulted in significant interest in the disease, as well as increasing questions and concerns from pet owners who have dogs with social lifestyles, including those that visit dog parks, attend doggy daycare, or participate in sporting or show events.
To help ensure you have the information you need to help protect the health and well-being of your dog, as well as other dogs or cats* you may have in your household, please note the following tips. Additionally, talk to your veterinarian about whether or not vaccinating against both strains of dog flu may be right for your dog.
o Discharge from the nose or eyes
o Loss of appetite
o Lethargy/lack of energy
*Dog flu has been diagnosed in cats, with both cat-to-cat and dog-to-cat transmission identified. There is no feline vaccine to protect against dog flu.
1Source: Syndromio Surveillance Data of Cynda Crawford, DVM, Ph.D., University of Florida; Edward Dubovi, Ph.D. Cornell University; Sanjay Kapil, DVM, Ph.D., ACVIM, Oklahoma State University; Rhode Island State’s Veterinary Office; and IDEXX Laboratories. February 2017.
2Source: IDEXX Laboratories, Feb. 2017. 3Updates in Canine Influenza Virus: Management, treatment and prevention of disease. VETgirl Webinar, July 27, 2015. Archived at www.vetgirlontherun.com. 4Product label. http://www.doginfluenza.com/Products/Overview.asp.
THE IMPORTANCE OF VACCINATION
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