This has resulted in significant interest in the disease, as well as increasing questions and concerns from pet owners who have dogs with social lifestyles, including those that visit dog parks, attend doggy daycare, or participate in sporting or show events.
"The H3N8 strain was out several years ago and the H3N2 is a new strain that has evolved", Charlton explained to KTHV. In some cases, this virus can also be lethal, and two deaths tied to it have already been confirmed. There have been outbreaks in Texas and Tennessee as well.
The department posts updates on cases in North Carolina. Although it does not offer exact locations, this confirms the presence of the H3N2 strain in these eight states.
Canine Influenza is hitting the Southeast part of our country, including North Carolina.
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However, unlike bird flu, the H3N2 virus can not affect human beings, but may make pet dogs sick if the animal comes into contact with other canines carrying the virus. The most common cause of infection is the direct contact with an infected canine.
"It has the potential to be pretty similar to the human flu; typically has respiratory signs with coughing", said Dr. Travis Davison of Bluffton Veterinary Hospital. If your pet exhibits any symptoms of the flu, you're asked to call your veterinarian immediately.
About 80 percent of infected dogs show symptoms, which include high fever, loss of appetite, nasal discharge and lethargy. If you are anxious about your dog's wellbeing it is always best to consult your veterinarian as to whether the vaccine would be necessary and beneficiary.
Symptoms of the disease do not show up in 20 percent of the dogs, which makes it even more unsafe. Some dogs develop more serious disease and pneumonia that requires hospital care. However, in some cases, it can also turn deadly.
It can seriously affect young and old dogs.
If a pet is exposed to another infected with the dog flu virus, then it is nearly certain that the canine would get infected.