HEALTH ALERT: CANINE INFLUENZA (DOG FLU)

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have confirmed cases of canine influenza (dog flu) in Florida. Canine influenza is a highly contagious virus that can cause coughing, fever, decreased appetite and lethargy in dogs. Fortunately, most dogs will recover with supportive care.

 

To help prevent the spread of this illness, anyone who has a coughing dog or suspects their dog may have been exposed to canine influenza, should follow these simple steps to prevent the spread of this disease in our canine friends:

 

  1. Call your primary care veterinarian for advice PRIOR to seeking Emergency Services.
  2. If you need emergency services, call your preferred Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Central Florida office for availability and guidance.
  3. When arriving at The Veterinary Emergency Clinic, please remain in your vehicle and call the front desk for assistance.
  4. A veterinary technician or veterinarian will meet you at your vehicle to assess your dog’s condition. Depending on your dog’s condition, you may be asked inside the building or otherwise receive outpatient care at your vehicle.

 

It is important you do not bring your dog into the building or allow your dog to explore hospital property without permission from medical staff. The virus is treatable, but may be detrimental to other canines with highly compromised immune systems.

 

Further information on canine influenza can be found on the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine's website.

 

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