Oh no, not the dogs! After hundreds of canines in the United States were infected with the dog flu in the last two years, the virus has officially spread through Florida, where at least 12 more dogs have been infected. Take a look to see exactly what the dog flu is, how dangerous it can be and how your dog can be protected!
Dog owners in Florida are going to have to keep an eye on their pups! A virus known as the dog flu has made its way through the state, where about a dozen dogs became ill after being exposed to other canines at dog shows and other events, according to Time.com. The virus — also known as canine influenza — has similar symptoms to what humans go through when they have the flu: fever, coughing, runny nose, etc. The illness is usually not as dangerous as other harmful diseases, but there have been some situations where pneumonia was involved. Sadly, that could lead to fatality for dogs. How terrible!
The good news is that all the dogs in Florida who were diagnosed with the illness are in stable condition. Phew! But a sickness like this can cause a lot of complications. Plus, it spreads quickly. And like a lot of other viruses, this one has already spread through a numerous amount of other states in the U.S., so other dogs could potentially be in danger. “There’s always a concern that another large outcome could happen again,” American Veterinary Medical Association spokesman Michael San Filippo said. “We don’t want people to panic because typically, from what we reported, it’s usually mild, although it can progress and can lead to other infections and be serious. We want to catch these things as early as possible.”
Even though the dog flu is typically not too serious, there have been six fatalities so far. Oh no! So what can you do to save your dog from the virus? Well, it’s important to talk to a veterinarian to see where your pet stands and if a vaccination would be helpful. It’s also important to know the environments where dogs can be infected.
Dogs are usually at a risk of being infected at grooming salons, animal shelters, dog parks and any other place where animals have to be near each other. So if you bring your dog to places like this, it might be a good idea to bring them to the vet first to see what the best solution is. Another important thing to note: the virus can also infect cats although there are no vaccinations for them, unfortunately. So keep the cats away from infected dogs!
HollywoodLifers, tell us, what do you know about the dog flu?