Lucerne Veterinary Hospital Blog

Sniffly Noses and Hacking Coughs: An Update on Canine Influenza

Dog is lying on back on the bed - selective focus

A year ago, a novel strain of the canine influenza virus alarmed the boarding facilities and animal shelters of Chicago by its unrelenting and rapid spread through the canine community. Veterinary hospitals were overwhelmed by scores of dogs with high fevers, coughing, and sneezing. 1500 dogs became ill within 2 months, with 8 fatalities from pneumonia. Since that time, the virus has spread to at least 29 states, with smaller outbreaks in Seattle and Atlanta. One case so far has been confirmed in Maine. Continue…

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