If you have watched the news, read a newspaper or have perused the internet since last week, you will be seeing reports about the rapid increase in cases of canine influenza. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has recorded 49 confirmed cases of canine influenza since July 13, compared with a total of nine cases last year. Just in case that went by too quickly… Michigan, which is right next door, has recorded and CONFIRMED 49 cases of canine influenza in the last 2 ½ weeks alone, as opposed to 9 cases in ALL of 2017.
Canine influenza is highly contagious and can infect dogs of any breed, age, sex or health status. Officials say dog owners should take preventative measures immediately. A simple vaccination can keep your dog(s) and community safe from an outbreak. Here are common canine influenza symptoms to be on the lookout for: • Cough
• Runny Nose. *Discharge will start clear and turn thick.
• Loss of appetite.
** Please remember that if your pet is exhibiting these symptoms, PLEASE keep them from social activities like traveling, Doggie Day Care, dog parks, etc. until they have been seen and treated.
If your pet is overdue for their vaccines, please contact Countryside Animal Hospital at (419) 882-5768 today to schedule an appointment. Michigan is minutes away and canine influenza knows no borders. Vaccination is your best line of defense. If your dog could talk, they would say to you “don’t wait, please, vaccinate”. From Our Family To Yours,
Dr. P and Staff
Countryside Animal Hospital