We've been aware since last summer that there was a new and deadly strain of dog flu in the country. The outbreak started in Chicago and is a mutation of the avian influenza virus. It's called CIV H3N2. As with any flu, it's most serious among the very young, the very old and those with other health issues.
Well, you guessed it, it has arrived! Though there are a number of cases statewide, so far there is only one diagnosed case here in Springfield. We're not waiting. My dogs are getting their flu shots. Seven of my dogs are now seniors and although Sebastian, Sydney and Mac aren't in a high risk group, they're also getting the vaccine.
This is a nasty flu, responsible for a number of canine deaths across the country. Dogs exposed to other dogs in kennels, shelters, dog shows, etc are most at risk, but pets can also come in contact with sick dogs during the course of a normal day. How many of us know if our neighbors give their dogs good veterinary care and if their vaccines are up to date?
Check with you vet, especially if you're planning to board or leave you dog at the groomer's. This is an easy, relatively inexpensive way to protect your fur kids from what could be a serious illness.