Find The Hunt of Her Life on: Createspace.com | Amazon.com Like it on: Facebook.com Join us on: Goodreads.com

The Ruff Report: The flu bug can bite your dog, too


If your dog begins to sniffle, cough and sneeze, get ready for some rough days ahead because those are signs that your pet may be coming down with the flu. Like people, dogs also can be stricken and they even have their own highly contagious - and sometimes life-threatening - influenza virus, a leading veterinary expert says.

The Hunt of Her Life: A book about a rescue dog that will touch your heart

About 80 percent of the dogs exposed to the virus become infected and develop flu-like symptoms, according to Cynda Crawford, a veterinarian at the University of Florida, who has studied the virus since its outbreak in 2004. Dogs lack a preexisting immunity, therefore canines of any breed, age or health status are susceptible.


Story continues below
----------------------------------------------------------------------

A book about a rescue dog
that will touch your heart

THE HUNT OF HER LIFE, is a nonfiction book about Samantha, an unwanted rescue dog who the author adopts at age 2. This beautifully designed deluxe full-color book, by longtime newspaper journalist Joseph A. Reppucci, contains more than 60 vibrant color photos of dogs to help illustrate the compelling and uplifting story of Samantha - a pretty tricolor bird dog who uses her warm personality to win people over and build a new family after being put up for adoption by a hunter because she is gun-shy and afraid to hunt. Learn how she uses her special bonding abilities with people to help her eventually make a transition from the hunting fields to family life. While reading the The Hunt of Her Life, you will travel with Samantha and the author along a trail filled with surprising twists, sudden turns, mystery and even what some call a miracle. And when the journey is finished, you may never look at people and their pets, motherhood - and perhaps even God - in the same way. The Hunt of Her Life is must reading. It will take you on a captivating journey - a trip like no other - that will touch your heart.

Available at:
Createspace.com (an Amazon.com company)
Also find it on: Amazon.com
Join us on:  Goodreads.com

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK 

----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Story continues here

"Fortunately, most dogs recover within two weeks without any further health complications," Dr. Crawford told MySetterSam.com. "However, some dogs progress to pneumonia, which is usually due to secondary bacterial infections. While the overall mortality rate for canine influenza is low, the secondary pneumonia can be life-threatening."

Treatment consists mainly of supportive care - including administering of antibiotics for secondary bacterial infections - while the virus runs its course, much like with human influenza, Dr. Crawford said. Dogs with pneumonia are likely to need intensive care in a hospital.

Pet parents who have dogs at high risk of contracting canine influenza - like those that spend time in shelters, boarding and training facilities, day care centers, dog shows, veterinary clinics, pet stores and grooming parlors - should consider getting their pets vaccinated, Dr. Crawford said.

"Although the vaccine may not prevent infection, efficacy trials have shown that vaccination significantly reduces the severity and duration of clinical illness, including the incidence and severity of damage to the lungs," Crawford states.

"In addition, the vaccine reduces the amount of virus shed and shortens the shedding interval," Dr. Crawford said. "This means that vaccinated dogs that become infected have less illness and are not as contagious to other dogs. These benefits are similar to those provided by influenza vaccines used in other species, including humans."

Dr. Crawford, who has been studying the canine virus since its discovery in 2004, says it  can occur year-round.

A dog can get the virus by contact with infected dogs or by aerosols generated by coughing and sneezing, Dr. Crawford said. The virus can also contaminate kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes, and the hands and clothing of people who handle infected dogs.

"Fortunately, the virus is easily inactivated by washing hands, clothes and other items with soap and water," she said.

The vaccine, developed by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, is administered by subcutaneous injection in two doses, two to four weeks apart. The vaccine may be given to dogs age six weeks or older and can be given annually to ensure more comprehensive protection.

"We developed the vaccine in response to the growing problem of the disease," Christopher Pappas Jr., a veterinarian for Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, states in a media release. "We are pleased that our expertise in respiratory disease and vaccines can help prevent costly outbreaks and keep dogs healthier."

In 2006, the American Veterinary Medical Association began to advocate the necessity of developing such a vaccine, lauded the news of the federal government's approval of the vaccine,
Lynne White-Shim, assistant director in the AVMA Scientific Activities Division, told MySetterSam.com.

"Shortly after the emergence of canine influenza, some people were not convinced that the disease existed and consequently did not believe a vaccine should be developed,"
Dr. White-Shim said. "When AVMA examined the issue, we learned that the disease was sickening racing greyhounds and dogs in some shelters. Thus, AVMA has been an advocate for the development of an efficacious vaccine to protect those dogs at significant risk." 

Dr. White-Shim urges dog owners to consult with their veterinarians about whether their pet should be vaccinated. "As with all vaccinations, the veterinarian and dog owner should discuss individual disease risks to determine if the vaccine is recommended," she said.

scientists from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and the Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center were concerned enough about the virus to set up a collaborative study to track it around the country. For four years, they asked veterinarians from across the U.S. to submit blood samples from dogs with influenza-like symptoms, with the goal of testing those samples for antibodies to H3N8 and getting a better idea of how the virus spread.
With the support of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the researchers were able to look for the virus in more than 1,200 pet and shelter dogs from 42 states. What they found was that, although the virus tended to concentrate in certain areas of the country, the areas it was found in varied year by year. In a study published in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, they showed that H3N8 was most commonly found in the southeast during 2005, in the west and northeast during 2006 and 2007, and in the northeast during 2008. They also discovered that the virus concentrated in slightly different populations during different years. For example, in 2005 and 2006 it was most commonly found in dogs housed in shelters and boarding kennels, but there were fewer outbreaks in those settings during 2007 and 2008.
- See more at: http://www.akcchf.org/research/success-stories/investigating-influenza.html#sthash.6tRrMgtk.dpuf
scientists from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and the Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center were concerned enough about the virus to set up a collaborative study to track it around the country. For four years, they asked veterinarians from across the U.S. to submit blood samples from dogs with influenza-like symptoms, with the goal of testing those samples for antibodies to H3N8 and getting a better idea of how the virus spread.
With the support of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the researchers were able to look for the virus in more than 1,200 pet and shelter dogs from 42 states. What they found was that, although the virus tended to concentrate in certain areas of the country, the areas it was found in varied year by year. In a study published in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, they showed that H3N8 was most commonly found in the southeast during 2005, in the west and northeast during 2006 and 2007, and in the northeast during 2008. They also discovered that the virus concentrated in slightly different populations during different years. For example, in 2005 and 2006 it was most commonly found in dogs housed in shelters and boarding kennels, but there were fewer outbreaks in those settings during 2007 and 2008.
- See more at: http://www.akcchf.org/research/success-stories/investigating-influenza.html#sthash.6tRrMgtk.dpuf
scientists from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and the Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center were concerned enough about the virus to set up a collaborative study to track it around the country. For four years, they asked veterinarians from across the U.S. to submit blood samples from dogs with influenza-like symptoms, with the goal of testing those samples for antibodies to H3N8 and getting a better idea of how the virus spread.
With the support of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the researchers were able to look for the virus in more than 1,200 pet and shelter dogs from 42 states. What they found was that, although the virus tended to concentrate in certain areas of the country, the areas it was found in varied year by year. In a study published in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, they showed that H3N8 was most commonly found in the southeast during 2005, in the west and northeast during 2006 and 2007, and in the northeast during 2008. They also discovered that the virus concentrated in slightly different populations during different years. For example, in 2005 and 2006 it was most commonly found in dogs housed in shelters and boarding kennels, but there were fewer outbreaks in those settings during 2007 and 2008.
- See more at: http://www.akcchf.org/research/success-stories/investigating-influenza.html#sthash.6tRrMgtk.dpuf 
In a study published in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, researchers say the virus has been found in most areas of the United States. Scientists from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and the Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center set up a collaborative study to track the virus. For four years, veterinarians submitted blood samples from dogs with influenza-like symptoms to get a better idea of how the virus spread. The researchers were able to look for the virus in more than 1,200 pet and shelter dogs from 42 states.

Researchers found the virus tended to concentrate in certain areas of the country, but the areas changed year by year. It was most commonly found in the Southeast during 2005, in the West and Northeast during 2006 and 2007, and in the northeast during 2008. They also discovered that the virus concentrated in slightly different populations during different years. For example, in 2005 and 2006 it was most commonly found in dogs housed in shelters and boarding kennels, but there were fewer outbreaks in those settings during 2007 and 2008. 

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in conjunction with the Morris Animal Foundation of Denver, has launched a study of canine influenza in hopes of better understanding the virus and developing treatments.

"Canine influenza is a newly emerging disease that does not discriminate by breed or age," ASPCA veterinarian Miranda Spindel states in a media release. "It is critical that we gain a better understanding of the transmission of CIV in order to limit its effects."

In addition to examining the spread of the virus among shelter dogs, the study will determine whether a rapid "bedside" test can be effectively used for screening dogs upon entering a shelter. If such a test were available, dogs could be tested and kept separate from the main shelter population and treated to help prevent the spread of the virus.

The study will try to determine how the virus changes over time, a process known as "genetic drift." As with human flu viruses, animal influenza viruses constantly evolve. New strains can develop that require new vaccines.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs and other companion pets also can get flu viruses - like the H1N1 virus - from people. So far, four ferrets in Oregon and a cat in Iowa have gotten the H1N1 virus a short time after people in their households had the illness. No dogs have gotten the H1N1 virus.

Dr. Emilio DeBess, Oregon's public health veterinarian, says pet owners should take precautions to help reduce the spread of influenza between themselves and their pets.

More reports about dogs and health:
This formula is certain to sicken your pet
An all-natural substance that makes pets sick
 Try this fountain of youth for your pet
A wonder drug guaranteed to help your pet
 

For pets, your dirty hands are really sickening 
Favorite pastime a leading cause of illness

Alarming rise in heartworm a threat to pets
 Purebred dogs needlessly suffering, report says
Dog heart medicine research results promising
Cushing's drug receives FDA approval
Paralyzing diseases of dogs, people linked
Warning issued about alternative medicine

 More reports about dogs and health

Reports about dogs and flea, tick control:
Pet deaths prompt tougher rules for flea, tick items
Use of flea, tick products a must despite EPA warning
Stop ticks from dogging - or killing - your pet
Your dog may have you sleeping with thousands of fleas

 Get pets ready for invasion of blood-sucking insects

Reports about dogs and oral health:
The stinking truth behind smelly dog breath
Good oral care can be a lifesaver

Reports about dogs and cancer:
Major breakthrough in canine cancer treatment
First-ever canine cancer drug developed
Making strides in fight against canine cancer
Worldwide effort to cure canine cancer

"The key message is to protect your animals much like you protect your family," he states in a media release. "Wash your hands, cover your cough and your sneeze, and do your best to prevent contaminating objects your pet may come into contact with."


------

The Ruff Report is a column that appears on MySetterSam.com, a blog written by Joseph A. Reppucci, a retired editor from The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts. Mr. Reppucci worked as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Boston area for more than 30 years. He is the author of the book, The Hunt of Her Life, a heartwarming story about his once-in-a-lifetime rescue dog. Find it on Createspace.com and Amazon.com.

HOME

THE RUFF REPORT
So easy to read. You choose the topic!

 Adoption | Food | Health Rescue
Safety and Behavior | Surveys and Studies

 Like MySetterSam on Facebook