A canine influenza outbreak that was sparked at dog shows in Florida and Georgia last month has killed three dogs in the Southeastern United States recently. While only eleven states have seen this H3N2 strain of the virus so far, because it’s so contagious, authorities are expecting it to continue to spread widely.
Dogs that attend dog shows, doggy daycare and boarding and dogs that are frequently around other dogs have the highest risk of contracting the virus. You should practice safe handling techniques (just like you do to prevent the human flu!) to keep your dog safe and healthy.
- If you see another dog sneezing or coughing, keep your dog away from that dog.
- Do not let your dog share food and water bowls, toys and blankets with other dogs, as the saliva on these items can easily spread from dog to dog.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after you have any contact with a dog.
Common symptoms of canine influenza include:
- Runny nose
If you think your dog may have canine influenza, call Circle L Animal Hospital at 928-237-5860 as soon as you can.