H3N2 Canine Influenza Found in Michigan 

The canine flu that affected dogs in the Mid-West has hit Michigan. There have been two cases in the Grand Rapids area and one in Macomb County.  

The best way to prevent the spread of this flu is to keep your dog away from places where other dogs visit – dog parks, pet stores, doggie daycares, etc.  

Find out more about the flu in this article and my previous posts. 

http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/macomb-county/canine-flu-found-in-macomb-county-and-grand-rapids-area-first-time-h3n2-dog-virus-found-in-michigan

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Canine Flu Prevention 

Officials are still warning dog owners to keep dogs away from other dogs. Although the canine flu hasn’t hit all areas of the U.S., officials aren’t sure when or where it will hit next. The attached article states that there isn’t a vaccination for this strain of flu. Best prevention is to keep your dog away from dog parks, kennels, day cares, etc. 

http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/canine-flu-prevention-treatment/2015/04/22/id/640083/?ns_mail_uid=42557533&ns_mail_job=1617968_04232015&s=al&dkt_nbr=mmqp2egd

Canine Flu Outbreak Worsens, What Should Owners Do? | petMD

The canine flu outbreak continues as over 1000 dogs have had symptoms and 5 dogs have died.  The Chicago area has been hardest hit with the flu. In that area, dog owners are asked to vaccinate their dogs with the flu shot and keep their dogs away from other dogs.

I live in Michigan where there hasn’t been an outbreak yet.  Even so people are concerned.  Yesterday, I was at my vet picking up Frontline when someone called about the flu vaccination.  The vet is carrying the flu vaccination, but the receptionist said just like the human vaccination, this vaccination covers only certain types of flu.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Artie and Buddy were very sick over the Winter with some time of respiratory virus, which had the same symptoms as this current flu.  Their symptoms included stuffy noses, congestion, coughing, wheezing, and tiredness.  The vet put them both on an antibiotic as a precautionary, but their symptoms still lasted about two weeks.  I felt terrible – there was nothing I could do.  When they were at their worse, I gave them Benadryl.  I also read that a humidifier would provide some help. I would hate to see my dogs that sick again. I know there are some precautionary steps I can take like staying home from the dog park and keeping the dogs home and away from other dogs. I haven’t decided if I will get the dogs the vaccination. It is probably a good idea…for me it’s purely a money issue.  It’s difficult when everything is times three!!!

To to find out more about the canine flu, please see the attached article from PetMD.

 

Canine Flu Outbreak Worsens, What Should Owners Do? | petMD.

 

Outbreak of Canine Flu

There is currently an outbreak of canine flu. This short news article states that veterinarians have identified more than 1,000 cases of canine flu and they have reported five deaths. It is suggested that dogs are kept away from dog parks and other dogs for now. I’m not sure how long this will be suggested, depends on the spread of the virus.

Artie and Buddy were sick over the Winter for the first time. I was really surprised at their symptoms. They were coughing, wheezing, congested, tired, and Artie had a fever the day I took both dogs to the vet. The virus lasted about two weeks, even with them on antibiotics. I felt awful for them! We aren’t sure where they got the illnesses…it could be the Coby was a carrier as he went to puppy class at the time.

Please take this seriously. I don’t want my dogs that sick again!

http://www.wxyz.com/news/dog-owners-warned-about-surge-in-canine-flu-cases