Highly Contagious Dog Flu Reported in Florida

June 1, 2017

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The UF College of Veterinary Medicine confirms about a dozen cases of dog flu in the state of Florida.  The suspect the dog contracted the highly contagious virus at dog shows in Perry, Georgia or Deland in mid-May. Signs of a dog with the H3N2 virus are a persistent cough (similar to kennel cough), nasal and eye discharge, lethargy, fever around 104-105 degrees and loss of appetite, which could be a sign the flu has developed into pneumonia.  Although most dogs are able to recover, dogs with this flu need to be kept isolated for 3 to 4 weeks and to clean and disinfect the areas your dog was at while sick. There are no documented cases of humans getting canine influenza. But there are cases where other pets, particularly cats, can get the illness.  Make sure to consult your veterinarian before brining your dog to the clinic and include where you suspect they picked up the flu. There is a vaccine for the canine influenza virus. However, the vaccine may not completely ward off the virus. It largely shortens the duration of the flu and keeps the pet from getting a more severe case. 

SOURCE: University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

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