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Dog owners warned about canine flu

by Susan Wyatt


Posted on August 20, 2009 at 6:45 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 23 at 9:15 AM

pugdog.jpgPet owners are being warned about dog flu, or H3N8 virus. Discovery News reports that one dog has died in Virginia and the illness is now affecting dogs in at least four other states: Colorado, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

I called The Seattle Humane Society and they said their vets are "happy to report that there have been no documented cases in the shelter."
They also said that due to the high cost of the vaccine, most shelters are not using it unless they have a documented case of infection.
Pet Dish contributing veterinarian Dr. Cary Waterhouse says he hasn't heard of any outbreak in Washington.
But, he added, "We never ignore a coughing dog, and we encourage people with pets that are showing signs of disease to give daycare and the dog park a break until things are better."
Signs of the illness include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, and a respiratory infection that may last a few weeks.