New Outbreaks Across the U.S. a Reminder to Pet Parents to Protect Their Dog’s Health and Social Time!
Learn the Facts About Canine Influenza & How to Protect Your Dog
In the spring, dogs spend more time socializing outdoors or at dog-friendly locales. Over the past few years, the number of dog parks in the U.S. has actually increased by about 20%, indicating their growing popularity among pet parents. But places like dog parks, kennels and doggie day cares can be risky due to increased contact with other dogs.
Part of being a pet parent is caring about your pup’s health. This is especially important as cases of dog flu are being reported across the country. Since January, there have been nearly 500 confirmed cases of dog flu in several states. A newer strain of dog flu – H3N2 – is responsible for most of these cases. Dogs have no natural immunity to this strain and almost all dogs that come in contact with it will become sick.
The best thing pet parents can do is vaccinate their dogs against both strains of dog flu. They can also help stop the spread by talking with kennel staff, doggie day care centers, grooming facilities, pet sitter companies and others responsible for the care of their pooch about dog flu. Pet parents can also learn the signs and symptoms of dog flu, including coughing, lethargy, loss of appetite and runny eyes/nose.
Join me in a recent interesting interview with Dr. Kathryn Primm, owner and chief veterinarian at Applebrook Animal Hospital and co-author of “Pet Parents Guide to Infectious Disease,” as she discusses this spreading canine influenza problem, facts about the virus strains and learn Dr. Primm’s important recommendations about how people can protect their pups.
Click here for the entire interview: https://www.youtube.com/embed/DUScNRH31JU
For more information, go to www.dogflu.com
Kathryn Primm, DVM Bio
Kathryn Primm, DVM is the owner and founder of Applebrook Animal Hospital in Ooltewah, Tennessee, the the first veterinary facility in the U.S. certified as a Heroes for Healthy Pets facility.
Dr. Primm enjoys writing, speaking to and engaging veterinary professionals and pet lovers. She has written and contributed content to many outlets, including Woman’s Day, Prevention and Health as well as Veterinary Economics, dvm360, Firstline, Vetted and dvm360.com. Her regular “Ask A Vet” column is featured on iheartdogs.com and iheartcats.com, reaching more than 3 million viewers.
She and her dog, Skye, frequently hold pet therapy sessions at assisted living and mental health facilities around Chattanooga. Her first book, Tennessee Tails: Pets and Their People, received recognition as a runner-up in the “Memoirs” category at a national book festival. She is the co-author of Pet Parents’ Guide to Infectious Disease and is the host of two podcasts on PetLife Radio.
Interview courtesy: Merck Animal Health