Here’s a lesson in dog flu. On my Steve Dale’s Pet World national radio show, HEAR Dr. Jarrod Moss talk about a confusing epidemic that was going on in Montana when we taped this and now has spread to other states.
So, what’s going on? It’s definitely the dog flu; he’s right about that (as some testing has verified). But, many dogs with dog flu symptoms didn’t test positive for dog flu or, for that matter, any common upper respiratory virus. So, what’s the deal in Montana?
No matter what’s going on there, here are some lessons:
-There’s no immunity for dogs with the H3N2 strain of dog flu (unless a dog has previously been recently infected).
– Vaccination for dog flu makes sense in Montana, even if more than dog flu is going on. We also know dog flu is going on there, and obviously elsewhere. All around the country there are dogs coughing with flu. And now flu is being spread by even more dogs from the Hurricane Harvey zone, as dogs happily being relocated out of the hurricane zone may be carrying the virus.
Dr. Moss explains that dogs with dog flu can be contagious for nearly a month!