Twenty dogs have been placed in quarantine after the dog flu was confirmed at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Minnesota. On Monday, the shelter stated that dogs suffering from respiratory issues, as well as vomiting, coughing, fever, nasal discharge, and sneezing, were discovered on July 7.
As of Monday, July 10, the shelter noted a “large increase” in the number of dogs who were coming down with similar symptoms. Testing for the flu was conducted at IDEXX Laboratories and on July 13, a case of the H3N2 flu strain was confirmed.
According to shelter staff, the dog who tested positive for the virus is a 10-month-old border collie cross who was picked up as a stray – all of the other dogs at the facility will be tested in the near future.
The shelter stated:
The Board of Animal Health was contacted, and our shelter dogs were placed under quarantine for a minimum of 3 weeks. We have closed our dog adoption floor and have made phone calls to all who have adopted or claimed their animal in the last month.
The dogs who are in quarantine are responding well to supportive care and none have died from the virus. In light of the confirmed virus at the facility, the shelter is not taking in any owner surrendered dogs – a temporary impound area for stray dogs has been set up at an alternate location.
According to the AVMA, the dog flu is highly contagious and all dogs are at risk of contracting the virus because it “is still an emerging disease” in the United States and dogs lack immunity to it.
Dogs who become sick with the H3N2 virus are generally provided supportive care – including a good diet to help boost their immune system. Dogs who develop a secondary infection may require more intensive veterinary care.
Learn more about the dog flu here.
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