Our 5/13 Fulton Furry Frolic and Volunteer Fair have been postponed due the canine influenza. We will reschedule when it is safer for dogs to gather close together.
Canine influenza is a highly infectious virus spread among dogs. The virus is not believed to be a threat to humans, although it can infect cats. It is particularly concerning in areas high concentrations of dogs gather. Residents and pet owners are advised to take precautions to protect their pets like:
- Avoid dog to dog contact as this is the most common mode of transmission.
- Avoiding areas where large numbers of dogs are congregating together.
- Keep your distance (6 feet) at places where dogs congregate and while on walks.
- Keep pet surfaces clean: The virus can remain on surfaces in the environment for up to 24-48 hours.
- Consult your pet’s veterinarian if there are any symptoms of the disease.
- Consult your veterinarian on vaccinating your pet against the disease.
- Runny eyes or nose
- Shortness of breath
- Hard swallowing or excessive throat clearing
- Decreased in appetite and water consumption
Most dogs experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover within 2-3 weeks. However, some dogs will experience more serious infections that could result in secondary conditions, like pneumonia and possibly death. It’s important to see a veterinarian for specific treatment plans.