There’s a new strain of dog flu that all canine owners need to be aware of. H3N2, is a very contagious canine influenza virus (CIV) that’s spreading across the United States. Dogs become sick after being in close contact with another dog that has the strain of flu. The virus is not transferable to humans.
The virus affects the respiratory system of canines. Symptoms are quite similar to those of Kennel Cough . They include runny or dripping nose, cough, fever, reduced appetite, and low energy/lethargy. The highly contagious illness can progress quickly, and with some dogs reported to have developed pneumonia as a result.
H3N2 has been circulating throughout the Unites States with recent cases reported in Texas, Illinois, New York, and Tennessee. With the Christmas season upon us, and some of us travelling with our pets, veterinarians are advising dog owners to be cautious in dog parks, day cares and boarding facilities as that’s where dogs are in close contact with one another.
Unlike kennel cough, there have been some deaths reported as a result of this strain of CIV. And in those cases the dogs have had other illnesses that have compromised their immune system. If you suspect your pet is sick, consult your veterinarian for treatment.
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