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Widespread dog flu across country, multiple strains reported in La.

(Source: Jillian Corder) (Source: Jillian Corder)

With canine influenza spreading across the country, be careful when taking your pet to the park, the groomer, or when boarding them.

Studies from Cornell University published on DogFlu.com show dog flu strains in 46 states including Louisiana. In fact, the study found both H3N8 and H3N2 strains have been reported in the Bayou State. 

Canine Influenza activity 2018 (Cornell University)

There are some things to keep in mind when it comes to the dog flu and keeping your own pets healthy.

  • Dogs have no natural immunity to these flu strains because they are newer viruses.
  • It is easily spread by dogs - especially those on-the-go like rescue dogs or those that travel often.
  • High-risk activity can include boarding, daycare, and grooming because of contact with other dogs.
  • Be sure to wash your dog's bowls often. Also, wipe down toys.

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