Dog owners in and around the greater Chicago, Illinois, area are being urged to be on the lookout for signs of canine influenza, which is spreading in the region, reported Monday’s CBS Chicago. Veterinary professionals have noted that hundreds of dogs in the area have been impacted by the sometimes deadly virus.
Veterinarian Natalie Marks with Blum Animal Hospital told CBS Chicago:
“It’s all over the Chicagoland area. … There have been a few fatalities.”
The dog flu is highly contagious and it impacts the respiratory system…sometimes developing into deadly pneumonia. Dogs who have contracted the virus are showing symptoms of lethargy, high fever, and cough. It is believed that the spike in cases of the virus may be the result of more dogs being placed in boarding situations because of spring break, reported NBC Chicago.
Until the contagious disease begins to subside, dog owners are urged to keep their pets at home…avoid boarding situations, dog parks and doggy daycare situations where dog-to-dog contact is common. Pet owners worried about the virus can talk to their veterinarians about getting a vaccination against the canine flu.
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