Canine influenza outbreak

Canine influenza outbreak

A canine influenza outbreak has been reported in the Chicago area. This is a new strain of virus - H3N2 - previously seen only in Asia, according to a report from Cornell University.

Dogs may exhibit symptoms that include eye and nose discharge, mild fever, reduced appetite, and a cough, which are similar to other conditions like kennel cough. A definitive diagnosis of influenza is only possible through testing. Symptoms can be managed, and most dogs recover in one to three weeks. Contact your veterinarian if you are concerned about your dog’s symptoms.

Typically, influenza is transmitted through direct contact with other infected animals. People may transmit the virus from an infected animal, although that has not been determined in this case. To be safe, people that come in contact with sick animals should wash their hands thoroughly in order to prevent spreading the virus.

If your animal exhibits symptoms of illness, contact your veterinarian, and keep your dog apart from other canines, as well as cats.

Additional information is available through the American Veterinary Medical Association.

To schedule an appointment for your dog or cat, contact The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center at 614-292-3551.

The Columbus Dispatch has also published an article covering the canine influenza topic. Dr. Ed Cooper, Emergency and Critical Care service head in the Veterinary Medical Center was quoated in the story. Read more by visiting the following link:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/04/17/Dog_flu.html

April 16, 2015.