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Uptick in Canine Influenza Cases

By |2018-08-08T14:42:48-04:00August 8th, 2018|Lansing, Neighborhoods|

LANSING — Since July 13 of this year, there have been 49 confirmed cases of canine influenza reported. The cases have occurred in Huron, Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Ottawa and Wayne counties. In all of 2017, there were nine reported cases of canine influenza.
Canine influenza, or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs caused by an influenza virus. Signs of canine influenza can include fever, lethargy, coughing and nasal and/or eye discharge. Most cases of canine influenza are mild, and affected dogs usually recover within two to three weeks. However, more severe cases can occur, so it is important for those who suspect their dogs to be sick to talk with veterinarians.
“Any time dogs come together in groups, there is a risk for disease,” said Michigan’s State Veterinarian, James Averill, DVM, Ph.D. “It’s important that dog owners work with their veterinarians to protect their dogs.”
Health officials advise that if one’s dog is ill, to keep it home and/or be sure to prevent it from coming into contact with other dogs. Those who would like to practice preventative care should talk with their veterinarians about getting their dogs vaccinated for influenza. Facilities where dogs are brought together for care, grooming or other activities are advised to prevent the spread of influenza by keeping sick dogs away, cleaning and disinfecting thoroughly, and recommending that dogs are vaccinated before arrival.
If your dog is showing signs of canine influenza, contact your veterinarian. Canine influenza is reportable to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Confirmed cases should be reported to MDARD at 800-292-3939.
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