Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Flu Season...For Dogs
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Discovery Channel reporter, Jennifer Viegas, writes that a canine flu known as the
H3N8 virus is spreading. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, and respiratory infection. The virus apparently is capable of species jump, having originated in horses, so the possibility exists that humans could also be impacted.
As with any illness, quarters such as shelters and boarding kennels can cause rapid spread of disease. Therefore special caution is urged in such environments. There is a vaccine available, so consult your veterinarian on whether your dog is a candidate.
Gosh, another worry. And people "flu season" hasn't even yet begun!