Now that this dog flu has been detected in 26 states there are some things that you can do to keep your dog safe besides putting the pooch in a bubble. With over half the states in the nation reporting cases of dog flu the experts suggest if your dog is in contact with other dogs, either at home or in a dog daycare or dog park, it is a good idea to get the dog a flu shot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that cases of the canine influenza were detected in 26 states, but experts believe it has already spread to 30 states, according to The Spread It on February 20. This dog flu is considered an epidemic in some parts of the United States today.
The news website Four States is reporting that “since last spring, 40 states have reported a case of the dog flu.” The flu shot is really your dog’s best defense when trying to ward off this bug.
The flu shot is given to dogs twice, with a two-week break in between doses for the first year and then once a year after that. At about $25, the cost of this flu shot is affordable for most families.
According to Kake.com, the majority of symptoms seen in dogs with the flu include, a moist cough, runny nose, watery eyes, lethargy and loss of appetite with your dog not eating. This is very similar to what you see in humans with the flu!
The symptoms you want to be on the look out for is a cough that last anywhere from 10 to 30 days and a nasal discharge which has a greenish tint to it. The more severe symptoms of a fever and pneumonia can follow if dogs go untreated. The pneumonia that develops secondary to the canine flu can be fatal if not treated.
Dr. David Drake, a veterinarian from Kansas said that about 10% of dogs who contract this flu die, but they don’t die from the flu, they die from the pneumonia that this flu might cause if the dog is untreated. He stresses that dog owners shouldn’t panic if they suspect their dog has this flu, as treatment is available.
Drake said the type of care given to dogs with the dog flu is “mainly supportive care.” He said that they would use “antibiotics if we suspect some secondary bacterial infections.”
According to Cornell, between March 8, 2015 and February 2, 2016, there have been 29 states with at least 1 positive test for the dog flu.
States reporting cases of dog flu:
Alabama-16, California-11, Colorado-4, Florida 1, Georgia-559, Idaho-1, Illinois-820, Indiana-14, Iowa-1, Kentucky-5, Maine-1, Maryland-3, Massachusetts-2, Michigan-6, Minnesota-5, Missouri-1, and Montana-2.
New Jersey-28, New York-3, North Carolina-33, Ohio-87, Pennsylvania-28, South Carolina-2, South Dakota-7, Tennessee-1, Texas-13, Washington-2, West Virginia-1 and Wisconsin-15.
Illinois had the most positive tests for the dog flu with 820 cases and Georgia came in second with 559 dogs testing positive for the flu. Then the numbers drop drastically when it comes to other states with Ohio coming in third with 87 positive dog flu tests. More than half of the 29 states in this report saw under 10 dogs testing positive for dog flu.