On our previous post, we shared that Chicago Canine Influenza has become an epidemic. Not only has it affected its neighboring towns but it is showing up in other Midwest states.
Currently, we are in our North Shore suburban home. We are here for a short time and had plans to visit and attend several dog events in Chicago. We received confirmations that these events are going to be cancelled due to the canine influenza. We understand and I would not risk taking Sugar to these events.
All dog parents are asked not to take their dogs to doggy daycares, dog parks, and take precautions going to the pet stores and grooming places. Since many dog parents are taking their dogs to the vet, vet offices have also taken safety measures.
Sugar is due for a urinary tract infection (UTI) tests and check-up. She is starting to exhibit licking behaviors pertaining to her UTI. I called Sugar’s vet to set-up an appointment. I was asked not to take Sugar to the vet. The vet staff informed me that many suburban dogs are exhibiting symptoms of the canine influenza. I’m glad that Sugar’s vet is taking extra precautions and making sure all their pet patients will be safe. Sugar is at her critical senior age, and her health is my number priority. I want Sugar to continue to have a healthy happy senior life.
Our dog mom friend from Chicago shared these
10 Must Know About Canine Influenza
1. The outbreak in Chicago is a strain of canine influenza called A H3N2. It is suspected to be the same flu detected in Asia in 2007 and started out as an avian flu virus that adapted to infect dogs.
2. It is now the second canine flu virus detected in the U.S.
Symptoms can include: cough, lethargic, loss of appetite, runny nose, and fever, but not all dogs are symptomatic.
3. It is contagious from one dog to another, but not contagious to humans.
4. It can be contracted by air direct ( it can spread up to 50 feet) and by uninfected dogs coming in contact with contaminated objects like dog toys.
5. The virus can last several hours in dried secretions. Thus, clothing, equipment, surfaces, and hands should be cleaned and disinfected after exposure to dogs showing signs of respiratory complications.
6. It is mostly prevalent in dogs that have been in boarding, at a shelter, at a groomer or in a daycare environment with multiple other dogs.
7. Any breed or age is susceptible.
8. The CCDARC (Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control) recommends that dog owners should avoid pet-friendly areas/places/events.
9. There have also been reports of cats now contracting this illness as well.
10. There is a vaccination available for canine influenza. However, the vaccination hasn’t been firmly established. The experts in the field have said there is some hope that the H3N8 vaccine may stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies that will be effective (or at least partially effective) in combating the H3N2 virus. Limiting exposure and good sanitation practices are very important in combating the spread. As with the human flu, the vaccinations aren’t 100% effective but the vaccine is known to reduce the clinical signs, severity and spread of the canine influenza significantly.
Times like these, I know many vets are calling-in and/or providing home care visits. With modern technology, some vets are connecting with their patient through mobile apps like VetProto, Vet24seven and VetOnDemand. Next month, we will share more about VetOnDemand app.
We are blessed to have a wonderful accredited AAHA vet that cares for their pet patients. We know that Sugar’s vet is always reachable via phone and if needed will be available to do house call doggy care.
easy rider says
It’s great that you have such a careful vet. I had no clue that it can can affect cats too…. I hope so much that this dangerous time for dogs and cats is over soon
Cathy Connolly says
This is such a frightening time for dog and cat parents. Praying it’s over soon and reminding people to keep our pets home.
Madi and momr says
Sugar we continue to send healthy vibes your way this is truly a scary disease!
Madi your bfff
Jody Miller-Young says
This is scary. Do you know if it’s spread to other states? With people traveling with their pets, it could easily spread. Thanks for filling us in on what to look out for. It’s great that your vet and others are taking a proactive approach in trying to limit exposure for their patients. Great post, Rosalyn!
The latest news last weekend … it is headed South (sunny states). Be extra careful,
It is scary and we sure wish it would stop spreading! We are headed to IL next weekend for a tracking test. Katie will stay home, but Bailie and I are going. With tracking dogs have no contact with one another and tracks are far apart, so it shouldn’t be an issue for us. We will just ride down, and back. Scary stuff, though.
Molly The Wally says
We too hope the spread is stopped really soon. How awful for so many pets and their owners.
Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly
Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom says
Poor Sugar is having a rough time with the UTIs, isn’t she? Bless her heart! (And I’m not one of those who uses that phrase disparagingly.) I hope you can get her the meds to clear this one up before it gets worse. Give your sweet girl some hugs and kisses for me!
M. K. Clinton says
What a scary time for those pet parents in the Chicago area. I hope that the spread of this epidemic slows to a stop. Give Sugar a kiss.
Murphy & Stanley says
Thanks for this good information Sugar!
Murphy & Stanley
Ann Staub says
Wow… I can’t imagine how this must be affecting practices in the Chicago area but think it’s awesome that Sugar’s vet is taking those precautions for their patients. Definitely a good vet that cares about the animals.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
So glad your being safe. I hope they are able to get you some meds or what you need for your UTI. Thanks for spreading the word about this again. I hope it goes away soon.
Piranha Banana says
Thanks for posting this – do you mind if I share with others? Sadly, a lot of people are not taking this seriously. My mom saw lots of people with their dogs going in and out of petsmart today. Dad was going in for dog food. I stayed home.
It’s good to know vets and people sponsoring events are trying hard to contain the spread of the virus. I imagine senior dogs and puppies need extra precaution to avoid exposure, so thanks for sharing the facts about this virus.