The best furry friends of humans are going through some health risks in Florida. Local authorities released warnings according to which the state experienced the first signs of a dog flu outbreak. This illness is highly contagious and can lead even to fatal outcomes.
The Dog Flu Affected Seven Pooches in Florida so Far
On Tuesday, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced a possible outbreak of H3N2 canine influenza. Authorities are trying to avert this serious situation from taking the proportions of the 2015 event. This is when the dog flu hit America and resulted in more than 1,000 victims among pooches. Most cases were recorded in Chicago and other regions of Midwest.
Veterinarians at the University of Florida took care of seven dogs that showed symptoms of dog flu. These confirmed cases appeared last week only. Specialists are waiting for results for other six potential canine victims. The chief veterinarian of the state, Dr. Michael Sort, claimed that all dogs are currently in stable condition.
Specialists Encourage Dog Owners to Be Vigilant
In the presence of an outbreak threat, dog owners have to be vigilant. As soon as they suspect their canine friends of suffering this condition, they should visit a specialist immediately. There are several symptoms that can give dog flu away. When infected, dogs will start coughing and sneezing. Moreover, they can develop lethargy, difficult breathing, fever, nasal discharge, runny eyes or purulent nasal discharge.
If left untreated, a mild condition can evolve into a fatal one. Moreover, an infected dog can spread the virus to others as well. Dr. Marta Lista at Trail Animal Hospital encouraged people to be proactive as soon as she learned of this possible outbreak.
“Most dogs don’t have immunity, and they don’t have vaccines.”
According to FDACS, humans are immune to canine influenza virus. Until March 2015, this condition was present only in China, Thailand, and Korea. However, an H3N2 strain reached Chicago and caused an outbreak within the United States as well. The treatment for a mild case consists mostly of supportive care that ameliorates syndromes. However, a vet can prescribe antibiotics if the condition degenerates in a secondary infection.
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