Highly Contagious Dog Flu Strain On the Move, Cases Reported in 2 More

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
H3N2, a new canine influenza virus strain, which was first detected in Chicago kennels last March, has emerged in Washington State and Montana.

Flu season is in full swing – not just for us, but for our dogs. Canine influenza, aka dog flu, has been making headlines for the past few years. However, it’s H3N2, which is a new strain of canine influenza, that’s causing a huge cry of concern. It’s made its way to more than 25 states since March of 2015, and in Chicago alone, more than 2000 dogs came down with the virus during the first outbreak.

And it looks like the H3H2 is on the move – it’s been confirmed in Montana and Washington.

Just like the human kind, there’s no cure for dog flu, but vets can treat the symptoms. Veterinarians can only treat the symptoms. These include coughing, gagging, sneezing, runny nose, phlegm, lethargy and low-grade fever. Most cases are mild, but it can lead to serious health problems such as pneumonia and, possibly death.

Don’t panic – most dogs recover within two to three weeks, after its run its course. There are a couple of influenza vaccines on the market, which are recommended if you’re planning to travel or board your dog.

If your dog is exhibiting symptoms, take him to the vet ASAP. You’ll be asked to self-quarantine your pet, as the illness spreads through coughing and sneezing, and dogs rubbing noses or by contaminated materials.

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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