Why There is an Increase in the Number of Dog Flu Cases

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Dog flu or canine influenza was first reported in 2004 in Florida. The H3N8 virus infected not only dogs but also horses in the region. In 2006, H3N2 another strain of the influenza virus appeared in South Korea. However, it wasn’t until 2015 when the virus made an appearance in Chicago, where it became a large outbreak. The virus didn’t stick to a single species as it infected birds and dogs. In March of 2015, the virus was detected in Orange County, California and in July 2015, it was reported in Los Angeles County.Even though there are vaccines available to protect your canines against the disease, the virus made the news again. In March 2017, H3N2 virus was detected again in Los Angeles County as it had the potential to cause an outbreak. The virus that is commonly found in Asia was able to make the jump to the United States because of the increase in import of dogs from the continent.After careful investigation by the vets, they found that about 50 dogs were infected with the virus, out of which 35 were already sick. All the sick dogs were placed under quarantine till they completely recovered from the disease.The virus can easily spread from one canine to another when they come in contact with respiratory secretions of infected dogs. The virus is capable of spreading to other canines when they spend time with each other, especially in areas where the ventilation is low. This is because the virus can survive on cages and floors for a day or two.

Symptoms

The symptoms of dog flu or canine influenza is as follows:

  • Anorexia
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Malaise
  •  Sneezing

Canines that are infected by the virus may suffer from the following syndromes.

  • MildDogs that have a mild infection will have a moist cough, accompanied with nasal discharge. In most occasions, they will develop a dry cough. After a span of 10 – 30 days, the symptoms will disappear on its own.
  • SevereCanines with a severe infection will have a high fever (above 104°F) and there are chances of them developing Pneumonia, hemorrhagic pneumonia to be specific. It will affect the capillaries found in the lungs. This will result in the canines coughing blood and having difficulty in breathing. There are also chances of the dogs falling prey to bacterial pneumonia, which can cause further complications.
How to protect the health of your pet?

To safeguard the health of your canine, here are a few recommendations you can follow.

  • Ensure that you keep your four-legged friend’s vaccinations are up-to-date.
  • If you find out that your dog is sick, take it to the vet immediately.
  • Don’t take your canine to any public area if it is suffering from an illness.
  • After handling your dog, make it a point to wash your hands to prevent any disease from spreading to other dogs.

Use these tips to keep your dog safe from canine influenza. If you have any queries regarding dog flu, leave a comment below.

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