The first case of canine flu in Georgia this year has been confirmed, but it is not yet known whether it is the same strain as the Chicago outbreak.
The University of Georgia’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital reported a dog with symptoms of coughing, fever, lethargy, and anorexia tested positive for flu. The hospital will only know on Wednesday if the strain is the same one that has sickened more than 1,100 dogs in the Chicago area.
The infected dog was recently in contact with dogs at a metro Atlanta boarding facility. For this reason, Dr. Carrie McColgan of Village Vets Lilburn/Stone Mountain emailed her clients this weekend to advise them to have high-risk dogs be vaccinated.
“High-risk dogs are dogs that go to boarding facilities… dogs that go to doggie daycare or dog parks or frequent places where dogs congregate, meet, or have nose-to-nose contact with each other,” she told WSB.
Her practice keeps the vaccine in stock and will top up stocks because of the Georgia case. Dogs receive a booster three weeks after the initial dose.
She adds that even if this is not the Chicago strain, the vaccine is still recommended because it can reduces symptoms for dogs who contract the flu.
In rare cases dog flu can be fatal and this is more prevalent in really old or really young dogs.
People are advised to wash their hands frequently when around dogs since dog flu can be spread to other dogs by human contact.
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