The presence of canine flu or the H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus cases in the North Florida raised concerns and led to the temporary closure of the Ocala dog park. According to reports, this is expected to remain closed for anything in between four to six weeks.
This Temporary Closure, Caused by the Virus’s Extremely Contagious Nature
The College of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Florida veterinarians stated that some 21 dogs have tested positive for canine influenza in North Florida. This dog flu outbreak seems to be centered in the central and north parts of the state.
Authorities also decided on temporarily closing down the dog park because of the virus’s extremely contagious character. Reports state that most any type of exposure to an infected dog will likely lead to the infection of a healthy canine.
The H3N2 virus is rarely fatal, however, it does result in respiratory infections in canines. As it is, the University of Florida veterinarians also reported that there would be an increase in the canine influenza vaccine supplies, as its producers increased their production.
The temporary closure of the Ocala dog park is expected to last four to six weeks, according to media reports. Specialists warn that canine flu influenza cases should be treated immediately.
“The most common symptoms of canine flu include coughing and lethargy, as well as decreased appetite and fever,” stated Dr. Stacy Eckman.
She is a clinical assistant professor part of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. Eckman also points out that, in some cases, the flu can progress to pneumonia. This can especially happen if the flu case was already complicated by the presence of other respiratory bacteria or viruses.
Canine influenza is reportedly not transmissible to humans, and it usually isn’t life-threatening for the dog, if treated. Owners whose pets are presenting possible signs of canine influenza are advised to contact their veterinarians.
These can help by testing for the presence of the H3N2 virus, and by offering medications and supportive care if the dog tests positive.
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