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Dog Flu Season is Christmas Season

Dr, Natalie Marks notes that NOW is the best time to protect your dog against the dog flu or canine influenza virus. For people there is a flu season based on the virus being most active. In dogs, there is a flu season of another kind. It’s based on when dogs are most likely to…

Dog Flu Vaccine: Now Is the Time to Vaccinate

More kennels and boarding facilities are mandating the dog flu or canine influenza vaccine than ever before. This is recommended by many experts, as the vast majority of dogs have no immunity to the highly contagious dog flu. The mandated vaccine protects dogs boarded over days or even visiting or dog cay care. While the…

Boarding Your Dog: Think Dog Flu Vaccine

Have a great summer vacation! So many people, many thousands, place their beloved dogs in kennels and boarding facilities as they take off for well-earned vacations. Happily, the overwhelming majority of kennels recommend, even mandate, that pets have certain vaccines. One vaccine typically mandated is for kennel cough or Bordetella. Kennel cough is an all-encompassing…

California Dog Flu Outbreak Impacting Shelters

Dog flu is here, at least in California. There’s an outbreak of the H3N2 strain at Oakland Animal Services with (so far) 70 of the 110 dogs in their care identified with flu. At the Dublin, CA East Bay SPCA about 20 dogs have been exposed. The shelters are working together to quarantine the affected…

15 Dog Flu Facts

Here are 15 dog flu facts – whaat you need to know: Dog flu or the canine influenza virus was first recognized in 2004 by University of Florida researchers and Cornell University virologists working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention following an outbreak of severe respiratory illness at a Greyhound racing facility in…
Dog flu continues in the US

Dog Flu Continues to be Relentless

The dog flu is unrelenting. Likely because there’s simply so much other news, from politics to hurricanes, you haven’t heard about it. But the dog flu (canine influenza virus) doesn’t care. Numbers only indicate a small part of the story. Most pet caretakers with coughing dogs do visit the veterinarian.  Knowing what other dogs in…
Dog flu is now in Boston

Dog Flu Hits Boston

While the Boston Red Sox are in first place, dog flu has officially slipped into score a first hit in Boston. As far as can be determined, there’s been only one confirmed case. However, no one knows how many dogs have truly been sickened, certainly that number is more than one. There is no CDC…

Dog Flu in Michigan: Nothing to Sneeze At

The Michigan State Veterinary Medical Association is taking canine flu seriously and warning dog owners to take precautions. Statewide. according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture, there have been 49 confirmed cases since July 13. That may not sound like a lot – but it is in actuality. Here’s why: Most dogs, the overwhelming majority,…

Dog Flu Forces Boarding Facilities in Michigan to Close

Dog flu has hit Michigan quickly and hard, clearly an outbreak. The H3N2 dog flu strain has particularly affected suburban Detroit in both Macomb and Wayne Counties, as well as Kent County (which includes Grand Rapids), and sporadic additional other dogs with flu have been identified all around the lower peninsula. The overwhelming majority of…

Dog Flu Update

Various labs track canine influenza virus, and IDEXX make their numbers public.  Here’s the latest: The outbreak in New York has increased rapidly by the end of May, and continues into June 24, with 69 positive cases from June 1st through the 24th. The index case was detected April 30th; total of 134 cases (including…

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