Update on Canine Influenza

Update on Canine Influenza

We’ve received a lot of calls over the last several months about the highly publicized canine influenza – a virus spread from infected dogs brought over from South Korea. Canine influenza (or H3N2) is to the dog world what human influenza is to the human world. Coughing, sneezing, malaise (or feeling yucky), and discharge from the eyes and nose are common signs of the virus. Senior and young pets, as well as brachycephalic breeds (those critters with pushed-in noses, like bulldogs and pugs) are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill because of the virus. Cats also appear to be at risk of becoming sick, though incident rates are reportedly very low.

sick dogSadly, because it’s a virus, there’s not much we can do to make our critters feel better, other than ensuring lots of rest, good nutrition, and love. Always love. Now the good(ish) news! At present, the canine influenza virus seems to be holding steady and not spreading too much. For regular updates, please search “canine influenza” on this website hosted by Drs. Scott Weese and Maureen Anderson from Ontario Veterinary College’s for Public Health and Zoonoses (these folks are like the Centre for Disease Control in the animal world).

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