Midwest Canine Influenza Outbreak Benign
There has been an outbreak of a canine influenza virus recently in the Midwest. This strain has been analyzed. Scientists have found it to be different from the normal strain of canine influenza going around seasonally. While the normal strain is H3N8, the strain currently effecting the Midwestern United States is H3N2.
H3N2 Does Not Effect Humans
H3N2 has its origins in Asia, and has not mutated, as far as we know. Scientists say this is beneficial because mutations throw off our calculations for how to defend against the virus. If the H3N2 strain had mutated at all, we would not know how it would interact with human immune systems. Since the virus has not mutated, we know H3N2 DOES NOT EFFECT HUMANS.
Canine Influenza NOT Area Threat
As of right now, Autumglo Pet Lodge is not requiring its patrons to get vaccinated against the strain of H3N2 present in the Midwest. Our lack of proximity to the area reportedly effected by the virus renders us at an almost non-existent chance of contracting the virus.
However, if your dog shows signs/symptoms of canine influenza, contact your vet immediately. We will not accept your dogs into our grooming, doggy day care, or pet boarding programs if they are showing signs/symptoms congruent with canine influenza sickness. Those signs/symptoms can include:
- Lack of appetite
- Nasal discharge
- Trouble breathing
If you think your dog is sick with canine influenza, contact your vet immediately.