It was on the News today...please be forewarned a deadly dog disease is going around. If your dog is coughing, sneezing, and not eating, get him/her to the vet ASAP, because if you hold off, they can die. I am unsure of it's where abouts, it is in a bunch of different spread out states in the country. Pretty sure florida is one of them.
Just when we thought there was enough crap going around with us and our animals...now this :(
I wonder what exactly that it is because the symptoms sound just as a common cold would..hmm. Thanks for informing us Shadow. I do appreciate the heads up. I hope no one has this happen with their dogs.
I read your thread the other day. It was important to me. Thanks for posting it!! It just only confirmed my belief that I am treating a min pin puppy for Canine Influenza. I have had him almost 3 weeks now and he is on his 4th antibiotic. My vet keeps saying kennel cough but, deep in my heart I believe it is the canine flu. He came to me coughing and with a runny nose. Also, after a week of antibiotics that was started a day after getting him his white cell count was extremly high. The only symptom he has not had is the fever. But, seems like I read in another article that some dogs do not show all the symptoms.
Very interesting, I lost my doxie (Heidi) in April. She had these symptoms and finally lost her battle to severe pneumonia She was just 2 weeks shy of her sixth birthday. Could she have caught this by visiting a pet store. I was always taking her shopping and she was very social with other dogs. I wouldn't want to make the same mistake with my new puppy. Is this still active in Massachusetts?
Gromit-- Yeah, I wouldn't either. Actually, I don't want shadow to die at all, at least not until she is much much older.
Right now the canine flu isn't in New Jersey...yet. But I have still been extremely overreactive. Shadow coughed today, and I freaked out a little. The best way to keep your dog healthy right now is advoid contact with other dogs, and especially at public dog parks and pet stores, including petsmart. Keep your dog's food healthy, and first sign of symptoms, contact your vet immediatly.
Pope- Aww, I'm sorry. =( I didn't even see your post, just posted this the second I heard about the canine flu.
pope, Thanks for your concern. You can be happy because I did find your thread informative. I just wish I could convince my vet that something is not right here. He is looking into it but, he was treating it as kennel cough and just thought there was a new strain of it out. Because, vets in the area have seen an increase in puppys with these symptoms. Alot of them coming from a pet store about 30 miles from me. They thought it was a new strain of kennel cough and are treating it as such. I would not be so fast to say it is not in my state as I have seen a few people say. Tennessee is not on the list of states where it has been found but, here I sit with a sick puppy. I am in Tennessee. Although he was sick when he got to me. He came from Michigan. My mother-in-law also has a puppy that came from Kentucky that is sick with these symptoms. The Kentucky breeder of her puppy and the Michigan breeder of my puppy did some trading before we got out puppies from them. So, go figure......So, please don't say it is not in "my state". Treat it as if it is and be very careful around strange dogs, pet stores, etc. This is no fun for me or my puppy at all. I would hate for anyone to have to go through what my little guy has gone through.
Pope, once again thanks for your postings and your concern. Sleep? I don't know what that is anymore. He seems to cough worse at night while trying to sleeping and first thing in the morning. Poor guy!!!!
wow- this is scary....i am starting obedience this saturday with my puggle and i am just hoping and praying that none of the dogs there have this...i wouldnt want my pup to get sick but i do think this class is very important for us...thanks for posting this and informing all of us
I just heard on the news tonight. That that damn flu virus reached S. California. I must admit, I am getting worried. Looks like we could have a pandemic on our hands.
Several years ago, there was a parvo epidemic in my area. I lost about 60% of my pups that year. It took me almost a year to completely get rid of it. I am afraid I might have to relive that nightmare all over again. :(