@elbrant said in Dog Flu Is Spreading — Here's What You Need To Know To Keep Your Pup Safe:
@eeeefarm I feel like you misunderstood what I was saying........
I'm not saying that we shouldn't be aware of Canine Flu. Having knowledge is always a good thing. Especially when we share information like the symptoms, or what to watch out for. Will there be additional cases? Certainly. But, I don't think we need to run around like Chicken Little either.
Nor do I. But your original post struck me as dismissive, and the dog flu is a real threat in the areas where it has spread. My niece is a veterinarian and she is very aware that there have been cases an hour's drive from us, so of course she is keeping a close eye on things in our area. Dog flu has been around for awhile in the States, actually since 2004 and mostly in racing Greyhounds, but the more recent outbreak seems to have gotten going in 2015, with more outbreaks in 2017. The media appears to have gotten hold of it recently because of the increase in cases.
Interestingly, it appears to have made a cross species jump from horses to dogs, back in 2004. Because the symptoms are a lot like kennel cough, it's useful to know it's around. The morbidity rate is estimated at 80%, so it's something you don't want to expose your dog to, although the mortality rate is only between 8 and 10 percent. BTW, cats can also be infected. More here.