Dog FLU is comming
Hillsboro, Ore. – Canine influenza has already been reported in 46 states with the U.S., including Washington State and Northern California.
Has it arrived in Portland yet?
IMPORTANT KATU REPORT
Fortunately, there are no reported cases of canine influenza virus (CIV) in the Portland, Oregon area. However, experts say that it is only a matter of time before it arrives.
What can you do?
Ask your veterinarian if your dog should receive a canine influenza vaccine. It’s not for every dog. Over vaccinating your pet could lower your pet’s immune system. Consult with your veterinarian and consider all the pros and cons before making a final decision on whether a dog flu vaccine is right for your dog.
Veterinarians that I consulted for this article were not in a hurry to recommend the flu vaccine for the majority of their patients. Dog flu is generally associated with overcrowded conditions, such as those found in some shelters and kennels. If your dog avoids these conditions, a flu vaccine may not be needed (at this time).
Tips for Preventing the Dog Flu
- Keep your pet’s core vaccines up-to-date.
- Keep fresh fluoride-free / filtered water – out for your pet at all times.
- Feed your pet a well balanced quality diet.
- Don’t overuse parasite control chemicals (shampoos, topical flea treatment, etc.).
- Check your pet’s environment for toxins (exposure to cleaners, chemicals, mites).
About the Author
Erik Muenker is a retired police officer and now owns and operates a dog walking service in Hillsboro, Oregon – ErikWalksDogs.com. In addition to working with dogs while on the force, Erik has over 20 years experience personally training and walking dogs of all breeds and temperaments. Why? Simply put, “I love being around dogs and helping out their owners with quality professional care.”
In need of a professional dog walker? If you live in the Hillsboro area (Oregon), you’re in luck! Just give Erik a shout – firstname.lastname@example.org.