Minneapolis Animal Care & Control – Canine Influenza Warning

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April 17, 2015

CANINE INFLUENZA OUTBREAK IN MIDWEST

Please be aware that there has been a widespread outbreak in the Midwest of two different strains of the Canine Influenza (dog flu).  While the strains have not been seen yet in Minnesota and have a very low mortality rate, Minneapolis Animal Care & Control recommends dog owners be smart and take precautions to protect their pets:

  • Limit contact between dogs in areas where multiple dogs meet (i.e., dog parks)
  • Limit nose-to-nose contact with dogs you do not know
  • Visit your veterinarian if you suspect your dog has Canine Influenza in order to receive an appropriate course of action

Even though it’s known as Canine Influenza, this disease can be transferred from dogs to cats and can cause high fever, loss of appetite, coughing, nasal discharge, and lethargy.

For more information, log onto:

Cornell University: Midwest Canine Influenza Outbreak
AVMA: Chicago Canine Influence Outbreak

Staff at Minneapolis Animal Care & Control