Canine Influenza Outbreak in Monmouth County
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There has been an outbreak of canine influenza (also known as dog flu) in Monmouth County
. While canine influenza is not known to spread to humans, almost all dogs are susceptible to canine flu infection and virus infection typically spreads among dogs at shelters or kennels. Canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease spread by coughing and sneezing.
The signs of this illness in dogs are cough, runny nose, fever, lethargy, eye discharge, difficulty breathing, and reduced appetite, but not all dogs will show signs of illness. Just as the symptoms and signs may vary, so can the severity of the illness. Most cases are mild however severe cases can progress to pneumonia and in some rare cases, death. Even if a dog does not show symptoms of the flu, they can still spread the disease to other dogs.
Similar to human forms of the flu, canine flu is airborne and spreads through respiratory secretions that spread by coughing, sneezing, barking, etc. It can also spread through contaminated objects such as water and food bowls, collars, toys and surfaces.
It's important that dogs are protected from diseases like dog flu. Please contact us with any questions or concerns, and to learn more about vaccination: 732-972-3201.