By now you’ve probably heard about the brand new H3N2 strain of dog flu that has swept through Chicago, sickening and killing dogs. Halo’s own veterinary expert, Dr. Donna Spector, happens to practice in Chicago, where she is a board certified internist so I asked for her help in giving us reliable, up-to-date information.
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Dr. Donna cautions that this dog flu is so contagious that if you have a sick dog you should not even walk or carry your dog into a vet’s office in order to minimize exposure to other dogs and cats (yes, this virus is capable of infecting cats as well!). It is advised to keep your dog in your car until the clinic staff directs you further. Many vet clinics evaluate and treat affected dogs only in an isolation area or an area specifically set aside for dogs with flu.
We do not want to cause panic or unnecessary paranoia, but given the severity of this flu I feel an obligation to give an accurate picture of the seriousness of this outbreak and what we each can do to protect ourselves, our dogs and the larger community.
This flu is way worse than just a “dog cold.”
Many thanks to Halo for their coverage of this issue; read the full article here: Halo: Purely For Pets Blog
Source: Halo: Purely For Pets Blog
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