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Vets Confirm Massachusetts' 1st Case of Canine Flu

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    Dog Owners on Alert For Highly Contagious Virus

    Dog owners in Massachusetts are on alert after health officials announced Thursday the first confirmed case of canine flu this year.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 24, 2018)

    Veterinarians say dog owners in Massachusetts should consider having their pets vaccinated following the state's first confirmed case of canine flu this year.

    Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston says a four-month-old poodle was successfully treated at the MSPCA hospital earlier this month after arriving with a cough and high fever.

    Dr. Virginia Sinnott of Angell's emergency and critical care unit said the dog had not been in any of the other states where outbreaks of the highly-contagious canine flu have previously been reported, including New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and California.

    While dog owners should consider flu vaccinations for their pets, experts note that much like the human flu there are several different strains of canine flu and no guarantees the vaccine will always be effective.

    How to Prevent Canine Flu

    [NECN] How to Prevent Canine Flu

    Here are some steps you should take to prevent your furry friend from getting the flu.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017)

    Dog owners are being told to call their veterinarian immediately should any of the following symptoms arise:

     

    • Coughing
    • Runny nose
    • Decreased activity
    • Decreased appetite
    • Generally feeling unwell
    Although canine flu is not usually fatal and does not pose a threat to humans or other animals, the odds of a dog becoming sick after coming into contact with the virus are nearly 100 percent. Dogs can also become ill for an average of 10 to 20 days.

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