POSTED: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 11:04am
BATON ROUGE, LA — Could your dog be suffering from the flu?
Dr. Frederic Michaelson and Technician Lexi Gaudet with Jefferson Animal Hospital explains that dog flu is an influenza Type H3N8 virus that originatd with horses and was first identified in a group of dogs in 2004.
Dr. Michaelson says this type of flu virus there is typically a persistant cough, sneeze and running nose. He also notes that it is now possible and advisable to vaccinate your dog to prevent them from getting this type of flu.
Lexi Gaudet notes that young puppies are vaccinated every 12 weeks and then again at 16 weeks. Adult dogs are vacinnated once then again 3 weeks later, then annually.
Dr. Michaelson further explains that anywhere dogs congregate - dog parks, the vet office, the park, etc, that they are at-risk of being exposed to the disease, and he advised that dog owners vaccinate their dogs to prevent contraction of the disease.
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