Los Angeles (CBSLA) – Following a recent canine flu outbreak at the West Valley Animal Shelter, dog owners are urged to get their dogs vaccinated to prevent the virus from spreading.
Canine flu is a highly contagious upper respiratory disease that does not normally affect humans, but can be transmitted from dog to person by touching infected areas. Canine flu symptoms include fever, cough, lethargy, sneezing, nasal discharge, and loss of appetite.
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Most dogs with canine flu develop mild symptoms and can recover in two to three weeks, but in rare cases, infected dogs can develop pneumonia, which can be fatal, according to SPCALA.
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LA Animal Services said a number of dogs at the West Valley Animal Shelter recently tested positive for canine flu even though they were either fully or partially vaccinated. The shelter has since quarantined its dogs and keeps members of the public away from the quarantined kennel areas. Dogs brought to the shelter for admission and showing no symptoms of upper respiratory infection will be diverted to the East Valley Animal Shelter.
The virus does not affect cats, kittens, rabbits, or other small mammals, and these animals remain available for adoption.
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In August, 10 confirmed cases and 46 suspected cases of canine flu were reported by the Los Angeles County Veterinary Public Health.