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Raleigh vet: Canine flu is a 'highly contagious' virus

Raleigh vet: Canine flu is a 'highly contagious' virus

Some pet owners in Greensboro are anxious about dog flu spreading to the Triad. "The biggest thing you'd probably notice with your dog would be coughing, maybe a runny nose, runny eyes, being lethargic, not wanting to move around very much and appetite falling off, because a lot of times as they get sicker they'll start running a fever", she says.

The annual dog show is a major fundraiser for the kennel club. The dogs were from Raleigh, and the North Carolina coast, the report said. "But it is only seen in high-risk groups of dogs such as dogs that go to dog shows." said Lisa Morgan, a veterinarian at Westridge Animal Hospital in Texarkana.

They said they are taking the extreme precaution to ensure the health and safety of the dogs and their owners.

Vets are not yet recommending vaccination outside the areas of outbreaks, but dogs who will be staying at large boarding facilities should be vaccinated, Bluffton Veterinary Hospital Dr. Travis Davison told WJCL.

Officials do not believe the virus infects people, but it can spread to cats, Campbell said.

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The virus can be spread from dog to dog, contaminated food bowls and contaminated surfaces. If so, they should ask the owner to quarantine the dog at home for another two weeks.

The canine competition in Houston County drew dogs, from multiple states, that have been traveling to dog shows across the nation. Those countries are endemic for H3N2, and there are several instances in which imported dogs brought H3N2 with them. The doses are administered over a two to three-week period and establish immunity within one to two weeks after the second dose.

What veterinarians say dog owners need to do to protect their pets, on Channel 2 Action News at 4:32.

The H3N2 CIV vaccine might not completely prevent infection, but will make it less likely.

The death rate for canine influenza is low.


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