Dog positive for canine influenza at Big Dog Ranch Rescue

A Big Dog Ranch Rescue dog tested positive for canine flu, a highly contagious respiratory disease.

The details were confirmed by the shelter’s spokesman Chase Scott on Wednesday.

Scott said Big Dog Ranch Rescue picked up the dog after it was dropped off by a Palm Beach County owner.

The illness will cause the facility to be “closed for days,” but Scott made no indication of what that would mean.

The CDC says on its website that canine influenza poses a minor threat to humans.

Health experts say there is no evidence of the spread of canine influenza from canine to humans, and there have been no cases of human infection with canine influenza virus in either the US or the world.

The signs of this disease in dogs are as follows:

  • to cough
  • Runny nose
  • fever
  • lethargy
  • Eye discharge
  • Reduced appetite

The CDC says that most dogs affected by canine flu recover within two to three weeks and only a small percentage dies from the disease.

Reporter Tory Dunnan is working on this story and will get more details this afternoon.

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