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Canine Influenza Outbreak in the Midwest...

Posted: April 23, 2015

Canine Influenza Outbreak in the Midwest

As you have likely heard there has been an outbreak of the canine influenza which started in Chicago a few weeks ago.  Throughout the Midwest more than 1,000 dogs have been infected with the virus and there have been 6 documented deaths secondary to the disease.  As with the seasonal flu that afflicts humans – it is now known that there are more than one strain of the canine flu. 

                The initial strain of the canine flu that was seen in the US back in 2004 was from the H3N8 strain and actually jumped directly from horses to dogs.  The outbreak in 2004 was first seen in racing tracks in Florida (then unfortunately travelled to surrounding tracts with the dogs).  The same strain later caused an outbreak in shelters in and around NYC.  Since this time it has become endemic in Colorado, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.  A...

From the Doctors

“Heartworm disease, a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart, has recently become a lot more prevalent in our area. This is in large part due to the number of rescue dogs being shipped to the Northeast from the South. For this reason, we cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your dog up to date on monthly heartworm prevention all year. Also due to the increased prevalence, we recommend testing for heartworm annually since no prevention is 100% effective. ”