CANINE INFLUENZA ALERT 2015

BEARYou may already be aware of a reported outbreak of dog flu/canine influenza in the Chicago area, with a few reported cases in Wisconsin and Indiana. I don’t wish to cause alarm, but I consider this an important situation for dog owners which calls for some extra awareness and attention. Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is caused by an influenza A virus. Originally believed to be a strain of the H3N8 canine influenza identified in the U.S. dog population in 2004, this virus is now considered closely related to Asian strains of influenza A H3N2 viruses. Although it does not infect people, it’s highly contagious to other dogs and can occur year round. Most dogs recover within 2-3 weeks; however, some fatal cases of pneumonia resulting from CI have been reported. Exposure to the virus comes from other dogs, in situations such as boarding, dog parks, or other activities where contact with respiratory secretions may occur. If the New Jersey area becomes affected, I will update this page ASAP. Meanwhile, for prevention I recommend temporarily limiting those activities that expose your dog to others. If your dog is exhibiting any of the following signs, please contact us immediately:

  • coughing or labored breathing
  • sneezing
  • nasal or eye discharge
  • lethargy
  • reduced appetite
  • fever

We lost our dog, Bear to the canine flu in 2012. The article I published back then can be viewed here. https://jerseygirltoday.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/bear-canine-influenza-danger/  We still miss you every, single day! ~JGT

It’s also worth noting that the H3N2 virus has caused infection and respiratory illness in cats, so if your cat goes outside or socializes with cats who do, keep an eye out for these signs, as well. These resources provide some more detailed information:

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  1. Reblogged this on Jersey Girl Today and commented:

    UPDATE: New cases have just been confirmed in Chicago. (July 30, 2015) Please contact your Veterinarian to ensure your pet is inoculated and to find out if there are any recent cases in your state. This new strain of dog flu is not covered by your pet’s regular flu vaccination. If there are documented cases in your area, DO NOT board or groom your dog and if you notice symptoms, take your dog to the vet IMMEDATELY!

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