Apr 28 2015

What’s new with … achoo!


Perhaps you’ve heard the sniff around town and are wondering what all the hype is about. Cornell University recently released an issue to the press regarding a new canine influenza (dog flu) strain. This new strain is thought to be a variant of the Asian H3N2 virus.

As a concerned pet owner, what can one expect from this new strain? How will it affect your faithful companion(s)? For many, you will see no apparent affect on your 4 legged friend(s). If your pet does not frequent areas where other animals congregate (boarding/grooming facilities, dog parks), then they will have a very low risk of contracting it. However, if your pet visits these places here are some symptoms to be on the lookout for: lethargy, coughing, loss of appetite, high fever, and nasal discharge. It should be noted that some pets may show no symptoms.

For more information, please visit:   http://www.cdc.gov/flu/news/canine-influenza-update.htm .

As always, we are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have!

-the team at VAC-

Jo Fleming RVT, CVPM | Uncategorized

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