One dog that was seized in the recent animal cruelty case was very sick and had to be rushed to the emergency animal clinic on Saturday night, but he is slowly getting better and he might be able to come home tomorrow. The other dog seized in that animal cruelty case is also showing signs, but her symptoms seem mild. A third female that came in as a stray to the Baltimore City shelter and was taken into foster care is also showing symptoms.
She stayed at my buddy Max's house early last week and Max is now sneezing and coughing. Everybody, please leave some nice "get well soon" comments for Max, Cody and their foster brother Hendrix so that they stay in good health. Unfortunately now we probably won't be able to have our Husky Christmas Party on December 10th, since if it is the dog flu, it can still be passed by air, or even by people, for several days after the infected dog begins treatment with antibiotics. I just hope my buddy and those poor rescue doggies all get better soon!
Here are some links to good information on the dog flu. If you live in the Baltimore, Maryland area, please exercise caution with your dogs.
Information Regarding Canine Influenza
- Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine
- Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Animal Health Emergency Management and Information Network
- CDC Briefing
- American Animal Hospital Association
- University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine - Veterinary Advisory