Dog Owners Beware – Dog Flu On The Rise

Dog Owners Beware – Dog Flu On The Rise

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dog-licensesMore and more dogs in the United States are being reported, which is giving dog owners cause for concern. If you own a dog in the US, perhaps it is time to look out for flu symptoms. Recent reports showed that cases of dog flu have been registered in 24 states already; with experts suggesting that they are going to expand quickly to other states as well.

One of the most common diseases that can affect humans, especially during the winter is influenza, and reports suggest that dogs are not left out as they also face the risk of being infected. Though, it is very common for vets to deal with dog flu during the cold season, the numbers of dogs that have been diagnosed in the last month have increased. Some specialists have said that dog influenza could affect a lot of dogs, as it is spreading wide without any control.

Experts are more worried about the situation, especially as isolated cases have been replaced by major outbreak. Another worrying situation is that the dogs seem to have been infected with different forms of canine influenza, reports Light House News. Per Light House News, a dog reportedly brought in at a vet from Helena was diagnosed with H3N2 form of influenza. This is worrisome considering the fact that this is a type of influenza thought to be common among humans, but is now being reported and registered in a few dogs as well.

Specialists say that this strain of the disease is found more common in rats and cats. They however, warn that if dogs come in contact with rats or cats, they might be infected with H3N2. The incubation period for the dogs who suffer from dog flu is 24 hours.

It is also important to state that owners of those can also infect them with the virus as well. That is why vets recommend that dog owners should wash their hands regularly during this period as the virus could be on the hands. It is also advisable to wash your hands with soap and hot water. Also, vets suggest that dog owners should make sure that their dog is vaccinated against flu.

Some of the identified symptoms of the dog flu include; coughing, respiratory problems, appetite loss and lethargy. It is advisable to contact a vet as soon as you observe any of these symptoms on your dog for immediate treatment. Early detection and treatment is important in order to help your dog recover from the flu as delay might lead to unpalatable situation and even spread to other dogs around.

24 states in the United States have so far been affected by the dog flu, which experts believe is on the rise. Some of the states that have been affected so far include; Texas, Seattle, Montana, Washington and Chicago. Dog centres have been closed in some of the states where the flu have been registered in order to prevent or curtail the spread of the flu to healthy dogs.

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