Dog flu outbreak in Lancaster County
2012-08-24 14:36:00 -0700
Where: Lancaster County, PA, United States
Veternarians are noticing a sharp increase of cases of Dog Flu (or Canine Influenza) in Lanacaster County, PA. In the past few weeks one vet has treated several cases of dogs who contracted the H3N8 virus, which could become a growing problem in the area. A few boarding facilities have also been temporarily closed due to an outbreak of the virus.
Said veternarian Dr. Jeff Dill, "Right now it's just in Lancaster, but this is something that very easily becomes a regional thing."
Dog flu is much like the flu in humans with symptoms including everything from runny nose, coughing and a fever. Dogs in the area have not been exposed the virus before which has emerged in the United States just in the past few years.
Just as with humans, severe cases of the flu could lead to complications such as pneumonia. However flu shots are avaiilable for dogs that can help protect against catching the highly contagious virus.
Dog owners who have sociable dogs, or participate in activities where their dogs interact a lot with other dogs, are warned to keep and eye out for flu-like symptoms and take their dog to the vet if he/she becomes sick.
Read more about Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention of Canine Influenza (Dog Flu)