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Canine Flu Alert: Las Vegas Shelters See Surge in Cases, Experts Offer Advice

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, February 22, 2024 4:11 pm

Las Vegas, NV – Animal shelters across the Las Vegas valley are facing a rise in canine influenza cases, prompting caution and action from pet owners and facilities alike.

Current Situation:

  • The Animal Foundation reports six confirmed cases and 136 symptomatic dogs, seeking foster homes to alleviate overcrowding.
  • Henderson Animal Care and Control has one confirmed case, five dogs undergoing testing, and temporary intake restrictions.
  • The Nevada SPCA is also testing symptomatic dogs for the virus.

Expert Advice:

  • Dr. Neal Villanueva, a veterinarian, highlights the virus’s contagious nature and advises pet owners to be aware of symptoms like coughing, sneezing, and yellow nasal discharge.
  • While not typically fatal, the flu can last for weeks.
  • Avoiding dog groups during the outbreak is a possible precaution, but owners should weigh individual needs.
  • Vaccination, not included in routine shots, offers protection and should be discussed with veterinarians.

Additional Information:

  • The canine influenza vaccine is not part of standard dog vaccinations, so consultation with a veterinarian is crucial.
  • Early detection and treatment can help manage the flu’s impact on individual dogs and prevent further spread.
  • While concerning, the situation is being monitored and managed by animal shelters and veterinary professionals.

Credits: KTNV

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