There is a lot of press lately around the recent outbreak of dog flu in the U.S. While it is understandably concerning to many dog owners, here are a few things to know:
Health officials in Seattle warned that a new strain of dog flu that sickened at least 2,000 dogs in 25 states since last spring may be in King County, but veterinarians say don’t panic.
Regional Animal Services of King County said in December, between 80 and 90 dogs at a boarding and dog daycare facility got sick with respiratory symptoms, primarily a cough.
Veterinarian Cherri Trusheim with Urban Animal said two of those dogs went to Georgia – they came in contact with a dog in Georgia – that dog was diagnosed with canine influenza.
“This is the newer strain that had an outbreak in 2015 in Chicago and there was some worry about it coming here and so far it hasn’t been here so most veterinarians are not carrying the vaccine,” she said.
“We still don’t know for sure – there’s two tests pending from the 80 dogs in south King County that had upper respiratory symptoms, so until we get those back as a positive result, we still do not have a dog in Washington, in King County that has been diagnosed with canine influenza,” said Trusheim.
Call your veterinarian if your dog has the following clinical signs:
- Discharge from the nose or eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Lethargy/lack of energy
This strain of canine influenza only has a 1 percent mortality rate.
Trusheim said she wouldn’t change her dog’s lifestyle right now.
“If I took my dog to daycare and took my dog to the dog park I wouldn’t change that until I heard something new,” she said.
But if your dog is coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease, don’t expose your dog to other dogs, and contact your veterinarian.
A vaccine is available – more information – consult your veterinarian to find out if it’s appropriate for your dog.
For more information about canine flu visit www.doginfluenza.com
Please don’t ever hesitate to call us at 503.666.1600 if you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health.
SRC: The full story here: www.king5.com/story/news/local/pets-and-animals/2016/01/12/canine-flu-may-rise-king-county/78711004/