In recent days, a number of cases of canine viruses have been popping up across Canada. Two separate illnesses are being reported, and it is important for dog owners to take extra precautions.
In Eastern Canada, a strain of Canine Influenza is being found in a number of dogs. The H3N2 virus has seen outbreaks in Asia and parts of the U.S., and dogs showing symptoms should be confined from other animals.
In British Columbia and Saskatchewan, a more aggressive virus is spreading known as Type 2 Canine Parvovirus. Transmitted through contact with infected dogs, experts warn that the virus can survive on shoes, clothes, or the ground for up to a year. The symptoms are severe with infected dogs showing lethargy, fever, loss of appetite, vomiting and bloody diarrhoea. In Saskatchewan eleven dogs have already have had to been euthanised due to extreme symptoms, other infected canines have been put into isolation.
Both of these viruses cannot be transmitted to humans, although experts are concerned that the viruses might mix with human seasonal viruses. Veterinarians across the nation are encouraging dog owners to make sure that their dogs are up-to-date on their vaccinations. Open communication with a vet is important, especially if your pet is showing any symptoms.