The state is warning dog owners to take precautions as there have been nearly 50 cases of canine flu reported in the last three weeks across the state.
According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, there have been 49 confirmed cases of canine influenza since July 13. The cases have come in Huron, Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Ottawa and Wayne counties.
Compare that to last year when thee were only nine reported cases of canine influenza during the entire year.
Dog flu is a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs caused by an influenza virus.
Signs can include fever, lethargy, coughing, and nasal and/or eye discharge. While most cases are mild and dogs usually recover within two to three weeks, some cases can be more severe.
“Any time dogs come together in groups, there is a risk for disease,” said Michigan’s State Veterinarian, Dr. James Averill. “It’s important that dog owners work with their veterinarians to protect their dogs.”
If your dog is ill, keep the dog home and be sure to prevent it from coming into contact with other dogs.
Facilities, where dogs are brought together, can also help cause the spread of the flu.
If your dog is showing signs of canine influenza, contact your veterinarian.