Des Moines station KCCI is reporting that the first case of canine flu has now been confirmed in Iowa.
A dog treated at Perry Creek Animal Hospital has tested positive for the flu virus, and it is believed to be from the new strain that is rapidly spreading across the Midwest. Confirmation of the strain is still pending.
Dr. David Ray, who submitted the dog’s sample says about half of the animal clinics in the Sioux City area are reporting dogs coming in with flu symptoms including fever, runny nose, and dry cough.
The good news is that, in this case, the dog seems to be improving. At least five dogs have not been so lucky.
Keep in mind before you have your dog vaccinated against the flu: the current vaccine may not be protective against the new strain, believed to have originated in China or Korea. Check with your vet about the risks and benefits to be gained from vaccinating your dog before blindly leaping in.
The best advice? Steer clear of places where there are lots of dogs, such as day cares, boarding facilities, and sporting events. And if your dog develops flu-like symptoms, take him or her in for a check-up. Make sure he or she is clear of the flu before socializing with other dogs.
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!