A breeder in Davidson says seven of her dogs are slowly recovering from the highly contagious canine influenza that has killed two dogs in North Carolina.
The woman, who asked not to be identified publicly, said three of her Australian shepherds were infected at a dog show in Missouri last month. Those dogs then passed the flu to four retired dogs at home.
The breeder said she and two dog co-owners at the show ended up with 17 sick dogs.
“At the time of our show, no one knew about the (flu) outbreak, so we thought it was kennel cough and left the show early,” the breeder said by email. “None of us had any idea that this would turn into a nightmare.”
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All of hers are now recovering in quarantine, but the woman said she’s spent $1,200 on their medications.
The two dogs that have died of the flu in North Carolina were from the Raleigh area and North Carolina’s coast. The state agriculture department had reported sick dogs in Davidson County, apparently mistaking it for the town of Davidson.
The department posts updates on cases in North Carolina.
Veterinarians say dogs suspected of having the flu – symptoms include coughing, fever, lethargy and nasal discharge – should be isolated from other dogs and their vets called. Vaccines are available, but veterinarians can advise whether they are warranted.
The American Kennel Club says outbreaks of the flu have also been reported in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas.