Chicago has a new strain of dog flu that is sickening and killing dogs. In some places the flu is so prevalent that dog owners are advised not even to walk their dog to the vet, in case your pet contracts the flu. Although Florida had a similar type of flu that mainly affected Greyhounds, a vaccine was developed. However, the latest H3N2 strain that’s hit Chigago has no sign of a vaccine as yet. Here is an extract of the article that was kindly written by Halo Pets:
By now you’ve probably heard about the brand new H3N2 strain of dog flu that has swept through Chicago, sickening and killing dogs. Halo’s own veterinary expert, Dr. Donna Spector, happens to practice in Chicago, where she is a board certified internist so I asked for her help in giving us reliable, up-to-date information.
She generously got out of her own sickbed with the (human) flu to record a special edition of our show THE EXPERT VET. What is actually known at this point is that over 1,000 cases of this flu have been officially reported, but Dr. Donna points out that is likely only a fraction of the actual cases because not all vet clinics take the time to make reports – most are too busy trying to deal with the overload of sick animals seeking care. Five dogs are reported to have died from this flu, but that number, too, is probably under-reported.
Many doggy daycare and boarding facilities in and around the Chicago area are closed down – dogs in close proximity to each other are the ones at risk of passing the disease, which is what happened with racing Greyhounds in Florida with a known strain of dog flu—H3N8—for which a vaccine was developed, but which likely offers no protection against this newly identified virus.
Source: This article was kindly written by Halo Pets
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