Canine Influenza in Hawaii

HONOLULU (HI Now) -Jessica Sun from VCA Family and Oahu Veterinary Specialty along with her special friend Blake visits the set to talk about Canine Influenza.

The first ever outbreak of canine influenza has happened in August this year. Canine influenza is a highly contagious virus that affects dogs and has been reported in cats as well. It can cause coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, and in severe cases, pneumonia and life threatening illness requiring intensive care.

The mortality rate is about 5-8%. Dogs get infected from respiratory secretions and may not show signs of illness for a little over a week, however they can still shed and infect others while they appear well. Vaccination is recommended for prevention and may become required for boarding kennels, groomers etc. on the island now that it has been reported here.

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