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Since last month, there have been 70 confirmed cases of canine influenza in Michigan, according to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD). The first reported case in 2018 was on July 13th.
The number of reported cases in Michigan in 2018 comes as a striking contrast to 2017, when only 9 cases of the dog flu were reported to the state.
The DARD states that canine influenza, or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs caused by an influenza virus.
“Any time dogs come together in groups, there is a risk for disease,” Michigan’s state veterinarian, James Averill, DVM, PhD, tells DARD. “It’s important that dog owners work with their veterinarians to protect their dogs.”
The DARD reports that facilities where dogs gather have been advised to keep sick dogs away, clean and disinfect thoroughly, and recommend dog flu vaccines to pet parents.
Symptoms of canine influenza include fever, lethargy, coughing and nasal and/or eye discharge. If you notice these symptoms in your dog, you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
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