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  • Writer's pictureThe Staff @ Town & Country West

Canine Influenza Outbreak!

As you may have already heard by now, there is a canine influenza outbreak in Florida. Since the canine flu is a viral infection that is highly contagious, the total number of infected pets is increasing, and very much like COVID-19, it possesses symptoms like kennel cough (moist cough, nasal and ocular discharge, fever, lethargy, and sneezing) and it requires medical attention.

There are 2 strains of canine influenza, the H3N8 and the H3N2 (this strain attacked Florida in 2017 and 2018).

This virus is transmitted via droplets from coughing, barking, and sneezing infected pets. Pets attending kennels, groomers, shelters, daycares, parks are at an increased risk. Please keep in mind that your pet could become infected through contact with objects that have been spread with virus particles like water bowls, food, collars, leashes, etc.

Basic hygiene, disinfestation, limited contact, and vaccination can reduce and prevent this disease.

If your pet becomes exposed to canine flu will become infected, the big majority of the pets will show symptoms while a small amount of them will be asymptomatic. 85% will recover within a couple of weeks with antibiotics and care but about 18% might become severely sick and may develop fatal pneumonia.

This disease can be prevented, we carry a vaccine that is effective against both strains of the virus. Limit your pet’s exposure to crowded places where lots of pets gather like daycares and dog parks. Do not let your dog drink from common water bowls and please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. Call us at 770-528-6363 if you would like to make an appointment to get the vaccine. If your pet is not up to date with this vaccine, please keep in mind that your pet will need 2 vaccines, each one 3 to 4 weeks apart.

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