A veterinarian in Ohio recently confirmed another case of the H3N2 dog flu.
H3N2 made headlines in April after an estimated 1,000 dogs in Chicago contracted the virus, but now the virus is popping up in other states.
"I’m still very hopeful that she’ll make a complete recovery," veterinarian Jodi Houser told USA TODAY Network about Katie, the 13-week-old West Highland White Terrier that tested positive for the virus May 15 in Newark, Ohio.
There isn’t a specific treatment for the flu because it’s a viral disease, but veterinarians treat it with supportive care such as fluids, rest and antibiotics for accompanying illnesses, according to Houser. While the flu can lead to death, most dogs recover.
LANSING WWJ/AP – State officials say they’ve had three investigations into a bacterial disease that affects dogs in Michigan during the past four months.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill on Tuesday issued an update about Canine Brucellosis in dogs. They say the cases were investigated in Montcalm, Calhoun, and Mackinac counties.
“Antibiotics will not cure canine brucellosis. Once a dog is infected, the animal remains infected for life,” Averill said. ”While spaying and neutering infected dogs will reduce the risk of spreading canine brucellosis to humans or other dogs, the risk of spread is not completely eliminated.”
GAINESVILLE — Most dogs probably don’t like going to the doctor any more than most people do.
But Louie Clark, a 6-year-old mixed breed, was lapping it up recently at the University of Florida’s small animal hospital. He got belly rubs, treats and playtime like he was at the dog park instead of the hospital.
In exchange, all Louie had to do was sit patiently for about five minutes while technician Kim Koelbel drew blood from the jugular vein in his neck, gathering nearly a pint of blood — which is what a person typically donates.
“IT CAN be hard to resist letting your pooch polish off the scraps from your plate, or giving him the odd biscuit as a treat. But poor dental health is one of the biggest undiagnosed problems in dogs and cats, according to local vets. They say around a quarter of pets have serious teeth problems, which can sometimes lead to life-threatening illness.”
WESTBROOK, Maine, December 8, 2009—IDEXX Reference Laboratories introduces its latest RealPCR™ test for canine and feline H1N1 influenza virus. The IDEXX H1N1 Influenza Virus RealPCR™ Test is offered in response to concern about the spread of this disease, helping veterinarians diagnose and manage patients with suspected respiratory infection. Also referred to as swine flu, H1N1 was confirmed for the first time in October as the cause of death of a ferret. H1N1 infection has since been confirmed as the cause of respiratory disease in a number of cats and ferrets, which are believed to have contracted the virus from their owners. While there is no evidence these pets spread the virus to other animals or people, the potential exists for the H1N1 virus to infect companion animals, including dogs, as a result of close contact with infected family members.
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Veterinarians should consider running the H1N1 Influenza Virus RealPCR Test on patients with suspected respiratory disease or those with suspected H1N1 infection. Given the short shedding period of influenza viruses, samples should be submitted for testing within 7 days of the onset of clinical signs to avoid false-negative results. Test results are typically available within 72 hours.
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“Eileen’s Pike’s Golden Retrievers Skyler and Kiana were literally family. If you don’t believe it look around her house. The walls are covered with their pictures. ‘They were our babies,’ Pike said. ‘They were in our wedding. We took them everywhere we could.’ Pike says her world fell apart earlier this year when not one but both of her dogs, although from completely different liters were diagnosed with forms of canine cancer. Pike was even more heartbroken when she learned one third of dogs suffer from the disease and golden retrievers and boxers are for some reason most at risk.
That’s when she decided to start a chapter of the National Canine Cancer Foundation.”
“Will veterinarians soon be seeing the “same” dog again, after its death? Is there a market for cloned canines? That depends on whom you ask. Until recently, two companies were vying to be first into the market. Now one is going out of business, and the other is building a brand new, $5-million facility in South Korea.”