Dog Flu Update on Facebook Live Event
Dog flu is now inundating New York City. There is a reason June 20 is Dog Flu Awareness Day. Here and there, the canine influenza virus (CIV) continues to pop up around America, still on the West Coast, in Chicago it lives and in many other locals aside from the Big Apple. And it may be that as people travel more in the summer and place their pets in boarding care facilities more often, there will be more dog flu. The virus, like the human flu virus, is VERY contagious – but even more so. Once exposed (except for dogs that are vaccinated or dogs who recently have had the flu), they WILL get the virus because there is no prior immunity.
I will be hosting a Facebook Live event, “Heroes Know the Truth About Dog Flu: What’s Real and What’s Not,” June 6 at 6 p.m. CDT with Internal Medicine specialist Dr. Robert Armentano and Dr. Jennifer Herring, Director of the Emergency & Critical Care Department at Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, IL. And HERE is where you can view the event and it will be shared on my Facebook fan page.
We’ll offer an update on dog flu, and how right at this moment there’s an outbreak in New York City. What should you think about before boarding your dog this summer? We’ll also identify the symptoms of flu.
We’ll talk a bit about the history of the dog flu (this strain arrived first in Chicago, and sickened thousands of dogs) and has now spread across most of America and even into Canada. Speaking of which there are some surprising ways that dog flu can be spread. Of course, the Facebook live is free for anyone anywhere to watch. And you can partake too by asking questions as we conduct the Facebook live, and ask in advance on my Facebook fan page.
You can see the same veterinarians in person, as I will host The Heroes for Healthy Pets™ Infectious Disease Management Certification Program to further educate veterinary and pet professionals on the risks of infectious diseases, following a 6:30 dinner, the program is 7 to 9 p.m. at the Veterinary Specialty Center, 1515 Busch Parkway, Buffalo Grove, IL
The program provides best practices for preventative care including strategic vaccination, and cleaning and disinfection protocols to help to educate pet professionals on the risks of infectious diseases and how to maintain disease-free facilities to keep pets healthy.
Module One: Understanding Infectious Disease
Robert Armentano, DVM, DACVIM
Module Two: Infectious Disease Control
Jennifer Herring, DVM, MS, DACVECC
The program is free and provides two hours of RACE approved continuing education credit for veterinary professionals, 2 hours PACCC approved continuing education credits for pet professionals, and 2 hours of continuing education credits for pet sitters.