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February 21 2018

Dog Flu Continues to Spread on West Coast

Keeping track of gold medals in the Winter Olympics? Here are some more numbers to track: According to the diagnostic lab IDEXX, the H3N2 canine influenza virus (dog flu) outbreak in northern California has now reached 343 positive cases. In Nevada, the tally is 151 positives as the flu in that state likely heads toward Las…

February 19 2018

Flu 101

On New Year’s Day, a 68-year-old woman was hospitalized for flu in southern China. Here’s the newsworthy part: It turns out she was diagnosed with H7N4, a new type of avian or bird flu. To experts studying the flu, this isn’t a surprise. The bird flu has been spreading and killing birds throughout China, and…

February 15 2018

Dog Flu Update

The H3N2 canine influenza virus outbreak in northern California is spreading in all directions, and there has now been a positive case in Los Angeles. In Nevada, the dog flu continues to expand from Reno and is likely headed to Las Vegas. According to the diagnostic lab IDEXX, the caseload increased from 250 to 413…

February 2 2018

Dog Flu Pops Up in Canada Again, And California Dog Flu Outbreak

In early January, the H3N2 strain of the canine influenza virus (CIV) was identified in seven dogs in Windsor and Essex County in Canada as I reported. The dogs had been in the same foster home, so it was easy to tell who they were in contact with, at least in theory. The hope was that…

January 29 2018

Dog Flu Explanation from Dr. Natalie Marks

Dog flu is in the Chicago area, and there are outbreaks around the nation, which Dr. Natalie Marks and myself discuss on my national radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, on WGN radio. Listen HERE as Marks talks dog flu. The dog flu that arrived in Chicago in 2015 (the H3N2 strain) has now hit 46 states,…

January 28 2018

Animal Welfare League: Are They Offering the Best Welfare?

The Animal Welfare League (AWL) (both the Chicago and Chicago Ridge locations) relieves a great deal of pressure from Chicago Animal Care and Control and the Anti Cruelty Society, both of which also offer open admission. If open admission AWL did not exist, all the animals they accept would be funneled elsewhere. Sadly, there are certain…

January 27 2018

Animal Welfare League Fighting Online Rumors and the Dog Flu

The Animal Welfare League (AWL) of Chicago and Chicago Ridge have been around for a long time. Without their open-admission policy (and that of Anti Cruelty Society), there’s little doubt that Chicago Animal Care & Control would be further over-burdened, if not downright overwhelmed. Their contribution to animal welfare is undeniable. However, allegations of late…

January 22 2018

Dog Flu Spreading in California and Across the Country: 2018 Year of the Dog Flu

Surveillance for dog flu or canine influenza virus (CIV) is a tricky thing. While there is no CDC for pets, there are 12 agencies cooperating to positively identify CIV and note which strain it happens to be, although H3N2 is the most common. We do know there is an outbreak currently in San Jose and…

January 16 2018

Has Canada Contained the Dog Flu?

The canine influenza virus (dog flu) crossed into Canada as I reported on January 9, and was originally tracked by Worms and Germs, a blog by Dr. Scott Weese, a professor at the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College. In my conversation with Dr. Weese, he explained what we now believe happened. “Two index cases [individual dogs]…

January 11 2018

Dog Flu Finds Its Way to San Jose

Dog flu (or canine influenza virus) is a serious issue, but some of the stories on the topic bring a smile to my face. According to a report from KRON-TV, “a version of the flu is affecting dogs” in the San Jose, California, area. No. It’s not a “version” of the flu, it is the…

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