Given the recent reports of the canine flu outbreak in the Chicago area, we wanted to put together a few simple tips for helping to prevent or detect if your dog has the virus.
Q: Where have cases been found so far?
A: There have been over 1,000 cases reported in the Chicago area and a few surrounding states. As of this writing, none have been reported in Pennsylvania
Q: How can I tell if my dog, or if other dogs, have the Dog Flu?
A: The best thing to look for, as with many diseases, is a change in regular behavior. The most common early signs are a hacking cough. Green discharge from the nose or eyes is another symptom. Untreated, these can develop into significant fevers or pneumonia. If you notice any of this, please consult a veterinarian
Q: How can I Help Stop My Dog From Getting Sick?
A: The virus is very contagious. The best thing to do is to avoid potentially exposing your dog to a dog who might be sick.
Q: Can people catch the disease?
A: No, people can not contract the disease from their dogs. They can, however, help spread it through contact with surfaces. For example, the virus can live on surfaces for 24-48 hours. If you pet a dog and then touch a counter top, it is possible to spread the contamination. Washing your hands and sanitizing is always a good idea in these cases.
Q: Has this happened before or is this unusual?
A: Dog Flu outbreaks occur relatively frequently. The fear with this one is that it’s a new strain that dog flu vaccinations may not prevent.
If you have any questions about the Dog Flu – please consult a veterinarian.
If you’d like to read more – please see this article – http://www.petage.com/canine-flu-outbreak-caused-by-new-strain/
great questions, answered most of my questions! i like your blog!
My dog’s groomer that I found at jobquotes was quick to comment on what he believed to be the reason for Max’s behavioral change in the pas couple days. He was right when he said it was the flu. Glad he really knows his stuff.