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Dog Flu Panic in 2015, Is It Real?

kind2creatures

...elusive dreamer
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Location
USA
Or are they just trying to sell more vaccines at the veterinary offices? Seems that this canine influenza has been in the headlines on and off for years now. Is it only more profits for Big Pharma, or is there a real concern for our pets?
 

kind2creatures

...elusive dreamer
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Location
USA
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My vet hasn't mentioned it either, but I keep hearing about it on the news. http://time.com/3826300/dog-flu-midwest/


Pet owners beware: dog flu exists and it’s spreading. At least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana were infected in the last month, according to research from the University of Wisconsin and Cornell University.

Doctors at the two schools identified the virus as a strain of H3N2, a branch of the disease commonly found in Chinese and South Korean dog populations. The virus is not believed to spread to humans.

“It’s believed that the H3N2 strain was introduced here from Asia, but how it happened is not known,” said Keith Poulsen, a University of Wisconsin veterinarian, in a press release.

Veterinarians suggest pet owners largely approach dog flu the way they approach human influenza.

Dogs should be vaccinated and avoid contact with other dogs in areas with flu outbreaks. Additionally, dogs’ human handlers should wash their hands before touching other dogs.
 

Solstice Goat

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Aug 7, 2012
Location
Seattle, WA
My vet hasn't mentioned it either, but I keep hearing about it on the news. http://time.com/3826300/dog-flu-midwest/

Veterinarians suggest pet owners largely approach dog flu the way they approach human influenza. Dogs should be vaccinated and avoid contact with other dogs in areas with flu outbreaks. Additionally, dogs’ human handlers should wash their hands before touching other dogs.
Looks like someone is looking to sell something again. :roll::roll:
 

Ajax

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Oct 25, 2012
Location
Chicago Area
My vet sent me a letter saying they can no longer board my cat because of dog influenza. It's a cat.
 

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