Deadly Flu Strain Striking Dogs Across the Nation

Deadly Flu Strain Striking Dogs Across the Nation
A deadly strain of the flu now striking dogs. Rarely seen here in the U.S. More than 1,000 dogs sick in the Chicago area alone. And this flu is now showing up in several states. Tonight, dog owners urged to get their dog a flu shot, and here’s ABC’s Alex Perez in Chicago. Reporter: This boxer mix named buster, being treated with an oxygen mask and in isolation after an outbreak that has Chicago area doggie hospitals working around the clock — canine influeninfluenza. Some 1,300 pooches in four midwest states, most in the Chicago area. At least six have died. Elizabeth Estes’s dog Ollie got sick overnight. His cuff cough was horrible. Reporter: Sick dogs can become lethargic, run a high fever, and have raspy breathing. Researchers tracing the virus to a rare strain of bird flu from Asia. It’s very easy to transmit, none to nose contact, sneezing, coughing. But also, if a dog sneezes on you, and your clothes and you go pet another dog, it can be transmitted by your clothes. Reporter: Warnings now up here at dog parks where dogs can easily spread the virus. The current dog flu vaccine doesn’t cover this strain, but vets say pelts should still get the shot and if something seems wrong with your pup, always call your vet. Alex Perez,+Influenza (Disease Or Medical Condition)+Nation (Quotation Subject)+Dog (Domesticated Animal)

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