Follow Us

facebook_icontwitter_iconSign up for Woof Report Newslettersrss_icon

Canine Influenza: What It Is, What You Can Do, What Next?

Published: Jul. 07, 2009
Subject: Dog Flu, Who Knew?
Category: K9 Care

Canine Influenza: What It Is, What You Can Do, What Next?

Canine Influenza: What It Is, What You Can Do, What Next?

It’s a bird flu, it’s a swine flu, no…it’s a dog flu? Did you ever hear of it? Neither did we. That’s because unlike many other well-publicized viral outbreaks, canine influenza doesn’t pass to humans (or thankfully, cats). But ask any dog and this bug is big news, especially in hard hit communities in Pennsylvania, Florida, New York and Colorado. Most dogs survive the infection but secondary complications like pneumonia can spell trouble for the furry infirmed. Fortunately, there’s a new vaccine approved to keep our little darlings virtually flu free.

For the facts on the virus and the vaccine, check out New York Times science writer Donald McNeil’s Q&A with Dr. Cynda Crawford, clinical assistant professor in the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville and one of scientists who discovered the virus. Dr. Crawford offers the facts that she believes everyone should know about canine influenza and the risks to pets and people.

The Scoop:

Read the complete New York Times article "10 Things to Know About the H3N8 Dog Flu"

More Recent Dog Health News

Once-a-month Pill for Both Fleas and Ticks in Dogs and Cats

Pain of Dysplasia in Dogs Relieved with Gold Treatment

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites

Add comment

Security code

K9 Care

Expert dog health & wellness tips for taking an active role in your dog’s health, providing the best care and keeping her safe.

More Bones to Chew On

Doggie news, research findings, fun facts, breed info and answers to those pressing questions you have about your fur family.

Lend a Paw

Ideas for helping shelter pets near and far, and for supporting animal welfare causes – see how easy it is to make a difference!

Dog People's Choice

The best in dog themed items for the home, to wear, to customize and to collect, plus gift guides for the dog lover in your life.
© 2012 Woof Report
Illustrations by Michelle Imbach
Site maintenance by FortySix Web