Northern Kentucky veterinary clinic reports case of dog flu

Vets urge owners to vaccinate

ERLANGER, Ky. -- After treating a case of canine influenza, a Northern Kentucky veterinary hospital is sounding an alarm.

Doctors at the Erlanger Veterinary Hospital said they recently treated one dog for the flu. The pup has since recovered.

Dr. Stanley Hastings said the owner believes the dog picked up the flu while spending time in Cincinnati.

Fortunately the dog was vaccinated for canine influenza and was about to recover after a few days.

Hastings said they were able to determine that the dog contracted the Korean strain of the flu -- the more serious of the strains.

“There is no vaccine for the Korean strain. There is a vaccine for regular flu and it does help. That’s why the dog recovered so quickly,” Hastings said.

The hospital recommended that dog owners vaccinate their pets for the virus. It’s even more important if your dog is social and comes into contact with other dogs regularly.

Symptoms of the flu include:

  • Lasting cough
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of appetite

More information about the canine flu is available at: www.doginfluenza.com

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