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Offline Sheenar

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Canine influenza spreading in the Houston area
« on: July 28, 2017, 07:05:00 PM »
I got an email from Petsmart (written by their vet) letting me know that there is canine influenza spreading in the Houston area. It cautioned to keep dogs away from areas where other dogs congregate and said to discuss with my vet whether vaccination would be warranted.

In a few weeks, I need to take Zeus to Petsmart to get his nails trimmed. Do you think there is a risk of him catching influenza there? I know that a healthy adult dog usually isn't very negatively affected by influenza, but I still want to be informed and prepared -and minimize any time he may be down due to illness.

Also, can canine influenza spread to cats? Marzipan is a senior and she does have a chronic health condition (though is doing very well at this time). This article has me concerned about that:
 http://consciouscat.net/2015/04/14/canine-flu-virus-may-affect-cats/

Zeus is due for his vaccines in a few weeks. When I call to make our appointment, I'll make sure to ask what they think about influenza vaccine and whether it is necessary in our case. My vet tends to be very conservative and not wanting to give unnecessary vaccines, so I know he will tell us straight.
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Re: Canine influenza spreading in the Houston area
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2017, 07:55:28 PM »
Which strain of canine influenza?

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Re: Canine influenza spreading in the Houston area
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2017, 08:03:13 PM »
The email doesn't name a strain. It just says:
 
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As you may have seen in the news, there have been several reports of canine influenza, a contagious respiratory illness in dogs, in the Houston-metropolitan area. To help bring awareness and minimize the spread of canine influenza, we wanted to share some information about this illness.
What is canine influenza?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, canine influenza (CI), is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by a specific influenza virus. Itís not contagious to humans, however, humans exposed to infected dogs could potentially carry the virus home on their clothing to their own dogs.

Then it gives signs and symptoms, info on preventing spread, what to do if pet shows illness, etc.
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Re: Canine influenza spreading in the Houston area
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2017, 09:05:20 PM »
Your vet should know which strains are going around and whether your dog has been vaccinated or should be vaccinated. I'd ask him/her.

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Re: Canine influenza spreading in the Houston area
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2017, 07:51:54 PM »
Curious to know what the signs and symptoms are...

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Re: Canine influenza spreading in the Houston area
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2017, 11:58:03 PM »
Update: when we saw the vet Wed, he said that there is a very small risk of Zeus catching either of the canine flu viruses going around, so vaccinating wasn't necessary at this time due to such a low risk.

Suse, symptoms of canine flu are much the same as those of human flu. Cough, nasal discharge, fever, low energy, reduced appetite

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/CanineInfluenza.aspx
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