The first outbreak of an extremely contagious dog flu has been reported in the city of Florida. Several cases of this flu were registered in the U.S. in 2015 as per the records by Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. With this outbreak, veterinary doctors in Florida have treated around seven dogs and are anticipating positive reports for another six dogs. The doctors have informed that dogs are in stable condition and the flu is not considered to be fatal for dogs and cannot spread to humans. However, if it is not treated, it can spread to cats and affect their health.
New Drugs and Vaccines to Control Spread of Dog Flu
As most of the dogs are considered to have low immunity, this flu is expected to affect a large number of dogs in the coming years. Some of the common symptoms are sneezing, coughing, fever, runny noses, and lethargy. This virus is expected to live up to around 24 hours and it is best to avoid contact with other pets in order to avoid the spread. Several research activities are taking place to introduce new and effective drugs so as to reduce the cases of dog flu in the near future.
Avoiding Grooming Places and Kennels to Ensure Safety of Dogs
Pet owners in Florida have been asked to be very careful while taking their dogs and cats outside their house, as if an infected dog coughs or sneezes nearby 10 feet, then there are chances that the infection can spread. As a result, places such as grooming parlors and kennels should be avoided and proper treatment with antibiotics should be given at home to ensure good health and safety of pets.