K-9 Flu Update

K-9 Flu Update

As of Thursday May 21, 2015, three cases of the Canine Flu have been confirmed in Michigan: two cases in Kent County (West Michigan) and one in Macomb County (Southeast Michigan). While this isn’t making headlines or breaking news, it is important to be prepared.

As of Thursday May 21, 2015, three cases of the Canine Flu have been confirmed in Michigan: two cases in Kent County (West Michigan) and one in Macomb County (Southeast Michigan). While this isn’t making headlines or breaking news, it is important to be prepared.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are two types of Canine Influenza A Viruses: H3N8 and H3N2. Thus far, this virus is not known to pass to humans. However, it is not known whether or not it can be passed on to cats. While the H3N8 flu virus has been around for over 40 years, before 2004, it was only known to affect horses. Signs of the Canine Flu according to the CDC include: cough, runny nose, and fever. As with any virus, not all dogs will show symptoms.

Both the CDC and AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) agree that if there is an infection, supportive medicine is the main course of treatment. This means supporting the immune system in order for the animal to kick the virus. Learn more about how to naturally boost your dog's immune system to fight the flu here.

If you think that your pet has contracted the Canine Flu, or you just want to support and build their immune system so they are at a lower risk, we at The Pet Beastro have many options for you. We have herbal-based supplements that will naturally support your pet that are available in liquid, pill, and chew forms. Unlike their synthetic counterparts, herbal supplements are better for, and more effective for pets (and people) because the body is able to break them down and use them.

Give us a call at 245-548-3448 to set up an emergency consult ($1 a minute) so we can help you find a customized herbal program to fit your pet!

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