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Canine Influenza outbreak

Updated: Dec 1, 2023

There has been a recent outbreak of canine influenza in the Twin Cities, but it is important to remember that for the vast majority of dogs the illness is usually mild and goes away on its own.

The illness currently appears only to be limited to the Animal Humane Society; at this time there appears to be minimal risk of exposure for most pets, but it's important to stay vigilant in watching your pet's health.

If your dog is only mildly symptomatic, there is no need to call the vet. The symptoms of mildly symptomatic dogs may include:

  • Coughing

  • Sneezing

  • Runny nose

  • Mild Lethargy

If you suspect influenza, the recommendation is to quarantine your pet from other dogs for 30 days and allow them to recover at home with supportive care.

However, if your dog is experiencing any of the following symptoms, there is more urgency for your pet to be seen and you should contact us:

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Prolonged loss of appetite

  • Profound lethargy

From the MN Board of Animal Health, "No human infections of canine influenza have ever been reported"

We do have the vaccine available now. Talk to your veterinarian to gauge the necessity of the vaccine based on your dog's lifestyle


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