I don't know if ther is any truth to this or not, as of right now it is hear-say and I am trying to find out if any one else knows anything about it. From the article I read the vets in Florida know about it and are treating it correctly but the vets up north are the ones that are treating for kennel cough.
Don't know, right now I am just trying to find out if there is any truth to the email I read.
this is what i recieved about it in an email also. i have not heard anything at work from anyone regarding it nor have we treated any animals with clinical symptoms of this.
This is from the Research Veterinarian who is heading the study on this = problem. =20
Here is the real truth if you want to disseminate it to your club. Hope = this helps to calm the unfounded panic.
There is a new canine influenza virus that has been documented in = greyhounds, pets, and shelter animals in several states. Sequence analysis = suggests it evolved from equine influenza. That's about as far as the = accurate facts go from the dog breeder's comments published on the = anatolian website. The true facts are that no one knows how the virus = jumped species (by horsemeat or otherwise) and only a handful of deaths = have been attributed to the virus (not 10,000). =20 There has not been a conspiracy of silence, although we clinicians at UF = would prefer to speak with veterinarians rather than the hundreds of = breeders who are each seeking their own individual information. =20 The information was first published on Promed and in newspapers early last = year, has appeared in the public media many times in relation to respirator= y disease outbreaks at greyhound tracks, in the vet trade publications as = news announcements, and in abstract form at several veterinary and = scientific meetings over the past year, including ACVIM in June 2005. =20 Finally, in order to let everyone know what is known and is not known, the = researchers worked with the FL state veterinarians to release an alert = notice to Florida veterinarians in August 2005 once it was documented that = the virus was infecting pet dogs and shelter dogs in Florida. A similar = release was issued by the New York state veterinarian to veterinarians in = their state when the virus infection was documented in a few dogs in New = York. In addition, we have also worked with the FL state veterinarians to = send the canine flu fact sheet to state veterinarians in all other states = so that they can disseminate the info to veterinarians in their own state. = Soon, there will be a website that is geared toward dog owners themselves = in an attempt to answer their questions in a more expedient manner. =20 =20
Ok. i posted this story on another thread about kennel cough earlier. I purchased a min pin puppy from Michigan. He was sent to me via shipping and I received him on 9/9/05. After just minutes of picking him up I noticed he was coughing. I called the breeder in the car from the airport and she heard him and told me that something was wrong. Well, i kinda figured that without her letting me know. The next morning I took him into the vet and had him checked over. My vet diagnosed him with kennel cough but, told me that he thought there was a new strain going around because it was taking 2 to 3 weeks for dogs to get over it. After a week of antibiotics he wanted a white cell count done. Whcih ended up being out of the roof. So, he switched to another med. Now, 1 1/2 weeks later he is on his 3rd antibiotic. The breeder is saying she cannot believe this has happened and actually sent me an email with an article about the canine influenza that a friend of hers found. I did ask my vet about it and he said he would look into it and let me know. So, here I sit wondering if we have been treating the wrong thing all along. My little guy does seem to be getting better but, it has taken some time and 3 different antibiotcs in the last week and a half. Hopefully vets will start being able to tell the difference and treating it correctly before it gets totally out of control. Maybe my vet will find out something soon and I can post his findings for all to read.
A New Deadly, Contagious Dog Flu Virus Is Detected in 7 States By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. and CARIN RUBENSTEIN Published: September 22, 2005
A new, highly contagious and sometimes deadly canine flu is spreading in kennels and at dog tracks around the country, veterinarians said yesterday.
The virus, which scientists say mutated from an influenza strain that affects horses, has killed racing greyhounds in seven states and has been found in shelters and pet shops in many places, including the New York suburbs, though the extent of its spread is unknown.
Dr. Cynda Crawford, an immunologist at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine who is studying the virus, said that it spread most easily where dogs were housed together but that it could also be passed on the street, in dog runs or even by a human transferring it from one dog to another. Kennel workers have carried the virus home with them, she said.
How many dogs die from the virus is unclear, but scientists said the fatality rate is more than 1 percent and could be as high as 10 percent among puppies and older dogs.
Dr. Crawford first began investigating greyhound deaths in January 2004 at a racetrack in Jacksonville, Fla., where 8 of the 24 greyhounds who contracted the virus died.
"This is a newly emerging pathogen," she said, "and we have very little information to make predictions about it. But I think the fatality rate is between 1 and 10 percent."
She added that because dogs had no natural immunity to the virus, virtually every animal exposed would be infected. About 80 percent of dogs that are infected with the virus will develop symptoms, Dr. Crawford said. She added that the symptoms were often mistaken for "kennel cough," a common canine illness that is caused by the bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria.
Both diseases can cause coughing and gagging for up to three weeks, but dogs with canine flu may spike fevers as high as 106 degrees and have runny noses. A few will develop pneumonia, and some of those cases will be fatal. Antibiotics and fluid cut the pneumonia fatality rate, Dr. Crawford said.
The virus is an H3N8 flu closely related to an equine flu strain. It is not related to typical human flus or to the H5N1 avian flu that has killed about 100 people in Asia.
Experts said there were no known cases of the canine flu infecting humans. "The risk of that is low, but we are keeping an eye on it," said Dr. Ruben Donis, chief of molecular genetics for the influenza branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is tracking the illness.
But with the approach of the human flu season and fears about bird flu in Asia, there is much confusion among some dog owners who have heard about the disease.
Dr. Crawford said she was fielding calls from kennels and veterinarians across the country worried that they were having outbreaks.
"The hysteria out there is unbelievable, and the misinformation is incredible," said Dr. Ann E. Hohenhaus, chief of medicine at the Animal Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Hohenhaus said she had heard of an alert from a Virginia dog club reporting rumors that 10,000 show dogs had died.
"We don't believe that's true," she said, adding that no dogs in her Manhattan hospital even had coughs.
Dr. Donis of the disease control centers said that there was currently no vaccine for the canine flu. But he said one would be relatively easy to develop. The canine flu is less lethal than parvovirus, which typically kills puppies but can be prevented by routine vaccination.
Laboratory tests, Dr. Donis said, have shown that the new flu is susceptible to the two most common antiviral drugs, amantidine and Tamiflu, but those drugs are not licensed for use in dogs.
The flu has killed greyhounds at tracks in Florida, Massachusetts, Arizona, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas and Iowa. Tracks and kennels have been forced to shut down for weeks for disinfection.
In Chestnut Ridge, north of New York City, about 88 dogs became sick by early September, and 15 percent of those required hospitalization, said Debra Bennetts, a spokeswoman for Best Friends Pet Care, a chain of boarding kennels. The kennel was vacated for decontamination by Sept. 17.
About 17 of the infected dogs were treated at the Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, N.J., where one died and two more were still hospitalized, a staff veterinarian said.
The Best Friends chain owns 41 other kennels in 18 states, and no others have had an outbreak, Dr. Larry J. Nieman, the company's veterinarian, said.
In late July, at Gracelane Kennels in Ossining, N.Y., about 35 dogs showed symptoms, said the owner, Bob Gatti, and he closed the kennel for three weeks to disinfect.
About 25 of the dogs were treated by an Ossining veterinarian, Glenn M. Zeitz, who said two of them had died.
"The dogs came in very sick, with high fevers and very high white blood cell counts," Dr. Zeitz said, making him suspicious that they had something worse than kennel cough.
A spokesman for the New York City Health Department said that there were "a few confirmed cases" in New York but that the city was not yet tracking the disease.
Veterinarians voluntarily sent samples to the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at the Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine, which was the only laboratory doing blood tests.
"Dr. Donis of the disease control centers said that there was currently no vaccine for the canine flu. But he said one would be relatively easy to develop. The canine flu is less lethal than parvovirus, which typically kills puppies but can be prevented by routine vaccination.
Laboratory tests, Dr. Donis said, have shown that the new flu is susceptible to the two most common antiviral drugs, amantidine and Tamiflu, but those drugs are not licensed for use in dogs."
Thanks scout1, for the article. My parents are leaving for vacation for a week starting today, and originally planned to board my puppy at a kennel. However, after hearing about this influenza disease, they are no longer doing that. Instead, we will keep her at a family member's family, and I'm going to pester them many times a day to see how she is doing. I'm at college right now unfortunately, but plan on going home early to take care of her for half a week. :/ It's more work but I'm willing to take it to avoid putting her at risk for this disease.
a little bit of an update.....some more places to find information..........
Many of you already know that Dr. Crawford's work on an important emerging pathogen, canine influenza, has made the news big time. Her publication, coauthored with Drs. Paul Gibbs, Richard Hill and Williiam Castleman, appeared in the online version of SCIENCE magazine yesterday and news clips emanating from a press conference sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control yesterday have included hits in such major newspapers as the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and many more, including the Drudge Report and many major television network affiliates.
Dr. Crawford's work will be featured tonight on the CBS Evening News and also tomorrow morning on the CBS Early Show, hosted by Dr. Debbye Turner, a veterinarian and former Miss America.
Hopefully some of you can peruse the many articles that are out there. We have some information posted on the PR Website (www.vetmed.ufl.edu/pr) under News Releases, including the transcripts from yesterday's press conference, courtesy of the CDC.
We got a new yellow lab puppy 2 weeks ago. He started with a runny nose then cough then vomitting. Got him at a pet store and his papers said he is from a breeder in Nebraska. He lost a pound in less than 3 days, is on antibiotics and now the pet store has him in an isolation room with a vaporizor and more antibiotics. I relayed the info I saw online about the dog flu and was told that "there are 52 strains of kennel cough, so I don't think that's it" . This was from the pet store employee. I'm in Vermont but think the pet store buys their puppies from a place in Kansas. Any thoughts?
***Edited By: budsmommy on 9/28/2005 7:17:39 PM*** Reason: misspell
i would insist on your vet treating him as if he has it. there are several animal hosptals in the info above that you can maybe call and find out more info on it. be persistent. sometimes vets get on one track and tend not to deviate form it so if you think it could be that please be persistent
i been to an animal hospital it is true about the flu has hit kennels and are calling to let the people know about this but the sad thing is some don't care there has been no deaths that i have heard with this vets are currently treating it like kennel cough and the medication given is helping with the animals however it is something that they are working on a vax and cure for and they are coming close to the cure just try to keep all dogs away from dog parks and kenne untill this is resolved but if need be try to find somewhere that a vet can look at the dog immediatly or they are isolating those dogs infeceted