Many of our clients have asked about the canine flu outbreak that hit the US in April 2015.
As we have mentioned before the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is a great resource for vets and pet owners to stay updated on the latest health issues effecting our pets in the US. Here are two great articles published in April about the outbreak and how to protect your dog:
Canine Flu Outbreak hits the US in April 2015 in Chicago area
Canine Flu - Pet Owners' Guide
Since April, there have been more cases popping up in other states, but the major affected area still holds to the area surrounding Chicago. This article maps out where the flu has spread along with an update on the flu:
"Much of what you know about human flu is true for canine flu. It manifests in the form of a cough, runny nose, sneezing, and fever. It can range from no symptoms to severe infection resulting in pneumonia. It’s spread by coughing and sneezing." - Akshat Rathi of Quartz
If your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, an early appointment with your vet should minimize any risk. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 714-921-8700.