Dog Flu Outbreak: What You Need to Know

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With the canine flu spreading across several states it’s now become an outbreak worth keeping an eye on. Cases have been confirmed in 7 states now with the majority of them in Chicago. Other states include Ohio, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Massachusetts and New York. Here are some important things you need to know about this outbreak:

What causes dog flu?

There are 2 particular strains of the virus which cause dog flu – H3N8 and A H3N2. The CDC has indicated these strains only effect animals.

Can humans get dog flu?

According to experts, no.

Should I keep my dog at home?

If you live in one of the states where the virus has been reported it’s a safe bet to keep them away from other dogs or where dogs frequent like dog parks, shared kennels, pet groomers or anywhere other dogs have been in contact.

Can my dog die from dog flu?

Some can and have died while others just become extremely ill and develop pneumonia and some even show no symptoms at all.

Are there any vaccines or treatments?

Not for this particular strain and since it’s a virus there isn’t much antibiotics will help with. Any type of supplement or immunity booster may help your dog recover quicker.

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