Take Caution – Dog Flu Outbreak in the US
Ontario dog owners should be aware of a spreading dog flu outbreak in the United States.
Currently, the outbreak is at its worst in Chicago. We recommend avoiding taking your dog on any trips to Chicago or the surrounding areas in the near future.
This flu is a new strain of “H3N2”, a canine respiratory virus. The incubation period is 2 to 4 days. Although this virus is not usually life-threatening, it can lead to potentially deadly complications such as pneumonia. It can also infect other pets, such as cats, in some cases. At this time, no vaccination is available, but diagnostic tests will soon be ready.
Here are the symptoms of the canine flu to be on the lookout for:
- Runny nose
- Nasal discharge (especially thick yellow-green mucus)
- Rapid breathing
- Difficulty breathing
- Appetite loss
As of now, no instances of dog flu have been reported in Ontario. We are monitoring this situation carefully and are always cautious with any dog who comes to us with respiratory symptoms.
Stay tuned to our blog for any further updates on the dog flu spread.
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