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This is a discussion on Dog Owners - 4 Legged FLU - H3N8 Virus within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; There's a new strain of flu afflicting dogs. The federal government says the H3N8 virus is highly contagious, but only deadly in a small percentage ...
There's a new strain of flu afflicting dogs.
The federal government says the H3N8 virus is highly contagious, but only deadly in a small percentage of dogs. Humans cannot get the virus but it can be passed to dogs from humans who've been in contact with infected animals.
Symptoms include sneezing, coughing, wheezing and a decreased appetite.
The government is currently testing a vaccine for the virus.
Dogs at Risk for Flu Virus
Posted Thursday, August 27, 2009
H3N8 virus spreading across country.
Story by Alicia Suka
BECKLEY -- We've heard of the swine flu but now another strain of the influenza virus is threatening our four-legged friends.
H3N8 or dog flu has not been reported in West Virginia yet, but cases have been confirmed in other parts of the country including Virginia.
The dog flu is a highly contagious respiratory infection in canines, striking dogs of any age and any breed.
Effected dogs may also have a runny nose and a low grade fever.
Dog flu typically presents the same symptoms as kennel cough.
"If your dog has kennel cough they will be coughing just like you or I would with a cold.
Dogs will get over kennel cough with or without treatment in seven to 14 days. It's harder on little puppies and older dogs," said Jim Kenney, Raleigh County Humane Society.
A cough that lasts longer than 14 days is the most common symptom of dog flu.
Most dog flu cases can be treated with antibiotics - - however, in some cases, the flu progresses into pneumonia.
That's when it can become deadly.
Experts say the best way to protect your dog is to keep it away from other dogs with flu-like symptoms.
I'm keeping my bowser away from all other dogs since she already has immune deficiency problems.
Oh, well.. that may make me reconsider entering my dog in a show....
Canine Influenza Virus has been around for a few years now. For some reason the national news just stopped talking about it.
It's important to know that the main reason a small percentage of dogs died from it in the beginning, is because the symptoms parallel Canine Cough (bordetella) so closely that some vets simply failed to treat the dog. And the only way to diagnose CIV was to take a swab and send it to Cornell. Something most owners would not want to do, especially if the vet is telling them it's Canine Cough, which is nothing more than you or I getting a cold.
I am glad the news is making people aware again, but their reporting has been very shoddy as to informing people what's really going on. Like most things...
Is the H3N8 a new one as mentioned above?
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Here's a chart to the diagnosed cases
I used to have a link to a very informative Q & A narrative, but the link is dead now. Probably because the virus has been around for around four years or so.