Is it just me or is it hot outside? JK, I know it's not just me-it was 85 degrees on Sunday . BTW, Happy belated Father's Day to all the doggy dads and human dads alike. In this weather, you probably think that seasonal animal afflictions might involve ingesting leftover BBQ bones, zoonotic viruses from swimming in stagnant water, over heating-stuff like that.
But you wouldn't guess what has actually been surprisingly prevalent this season-the flu! I know, when you think flu, you think cold weather. You probably also think of this as a human-centric disease.Well, this particular strain has been spotted in over 90 cases in NYC dogs alone as of May and, if you haven't noticed, we're well into summer. So I guess all our previous thinking on the matter has been rooted in misconceptions! You can spot symptoms of the flu pretty readily:
- Minor cough (ranging to a productive cough)
- High fever
- Loss of appetite
- Nasal discharge
- Runny eyes
Now, although apparently only 10 percent of cases are fatal, there is no specific treatment other than supportive care. So the best way to approach the flu is prophylactically-vaccinating your pet (just like Dr. S. and Bernie up there)! It's an easy vaccine with two vaccines scheduled about two weeks apart. And just like with humans, it can be the difference between life and death so it's well worth it!
Bring your pooch in to the PPAC for a flu vaccine.
Til' next time,