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Old 09-13-2009, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation H3N8 the dog flu strikes again

In my collage speach class we start the day every day with news from pbs or bbc. Todays was the Dog Flu. apparently in Colorado the starts of what could be a pandemic. 26 dogs are already infected. This strain of dog flu is communicable from horses to dogs, and while humans and other animals cant catch it we can give the virus to our dogs.

Unlike the human flu the dog flu is not seasonal.

What do you guys think of this? will you guys still be going to dog parks and large obedience groups? Should we be very concerned about this at all or do you think, like swine flu that people are over reacting.

[For those of you that do not know, swine flu is twice as communicable than the normal flu, but kills less people on average. Not that it shouldnt be taken seriously, but it should be treated like any other flu not like it was the end of the world.]
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What do you guys think of this? will you guys still be going to dog parks and large obedience groups? Should we be very concerned about this at all or do you think, like swine flu that people are over reacting.
I definitely think people should have some level of concern. Our PWD has come down with something at the specialty, and my mom suspects dog flu. She's been lethargic and vomiting since Saturday. It could be something else, but they got there Thursday then she came down with it Saturday, so the timing fits some sort of flu.

Whether people should be very concerned or not... Everything I have read said it's unpleasant for the dog (much like flu is for us) but for most it's not life threatening. I believe if people are very concerned, there is a vaccine that can be given.
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Oh man, I feel REALLY sorry for groomers, vets, and trainers with dogs at home. That has to be stressful on them with worrying about the health of their pets.
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hopefully since this stays contained in colorado. In that case I wouldnt buy from any breeders in infected areas until it passes..
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