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Dog flu case reported in Baldwin County

The Parvin Animal Clinic in Spanish Fort says that they have learned of a case of Canine Influenza Virus, or dog flu, on the Eastern Shore. Photo: Parvin Animal Clinic The Parvin Animal Clinic in Spanish Fort says that they have learned of a case of Canine Influenza Virus, or dog flu, on the Eastern Shore. Photo: Parvin Animal Clinic
SPANISH FORT, AL (WALA) -

The Parvin Animal Clinic in Spanish Fort says that they have learned of a case of Canine Influenza Virus, or dog flu, on the Eastern Shore.

The clinic posted the following message to their Facebook page: "Attention: we have learned of a dog on the Eastern Shore that tested positive for Canine Influenza Virus. Now that we have a local case, we are recommending that all dogs, especially those that board, go to groomers, go to doggy daycare or dog parks be vaccinated against Canine Influenza."

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dog flu, is a highly contagious viral infection affecting dogs as well as cats.

The organization went on to say: Canine H3N2 influenza was first identified in the United States in March 2015 following an outbreak of respiratory illness in dogs in the Chicago area. 

Below is additional information from the American Veterinary Medical Association: 

"In May 2017, canine H3N2 influenza was diagnosed in dogs in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana, and Illinois. This was the same strain of H3N2 involved in the 2015 outbreak in Chicago.  

Canine influenza cannot be diagnosed solely by clinical signs (coughing, sneezing and nasal discharge) because these clinical signs also present with other canine respiratory illnesses.

Veterinary expertise is required to determine treatment options and the best course of treatment. Treatment for CI, as for most viral diseases, is largely supportive. Good husbandry and nutrition may help dogs mount an effective immune response. Most dogs recover from canine influenza within 2-3 weeks.

The morbidity rate (the number of exposed animals that develop disease) estimated at 80%. The mortality (death) rate is low; less than 10%. Deaths occur mainly in dogs with the severe form of disease.”

The clinic is recommending that pet owners whose animals are boarded, visit groomers, doggy daycares or dog parks have their animals vaccinated against Canine Influenza.

FOX10 News is committed you and your pets’ safety and will continue to follow any developing cases.

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