Florida Dog Flu: More Cases Emerge in Florida

In a somewhat frightening and scary turn of events, several more cases of the highly contagious dog flu have been reported in the state of Florida. Back in 2015, several cases of the dog flu were first reported in the United States according to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. At that time, the flu was reported in ten states throughout the country and infected over 1,000 dogs in Chicago, Illinois alone.

Veterinarians at the University of Florida reported that over twelve dogs were infected with the flu after attending dog shows in the state of Georgia. Many of these dogs were hospitalized due to the flu disease but all are thankfully in stable condition after medical treatment. This strain of flu cannot be transmitted to human beings, but it is highly contagious to other dogs and even transmitted to cats.

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Symptoms of the dog flu include lethargy, fever, sneezing, runny nose, and coughing. If these symptoms persist in your dog, you should visit a vet immediately in order to get treatment for your dog to prevent more serious illnesses like pneumonia. Dogs that are infected with the flu must be quarantined for at least four weeks in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

Unfortunately, dogs do not have a natural immunity to the flu. Due to the fact that the flu virus can live up to 24 hours, dogs can be exposed to the virus by simply being in a flu-infested area like a dog park or grooming parlor. The good news is that a vaccination against the dog flu is now available for cats and dogs to help prevent the spread of the virus. Doctors recommend exercising caution if your dog develops any symptoms of the disease or vaccinating your pet first as a preventative measure.

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