Today’s post is a part of the Insider’s Program on Bloggy Moms. All opinions are my own.
It’s never fun when a member of the family is sick, that includes our pets. For the past week our dog, Snoopy, has had an upset stomach and it’s been hard on the entire house. Thankfully, he seems to be on the mend. But what if it was worse?
Did you know that dogs can get the flu? I didn’t and I’m not alone. Many people may not know what the dog flu is or the common causes. Last year a new strain of the dog flu was found, called H3N2, and it caused numerous outbreaks in 2015, not only impacting dogs and their households but also causing local business closures and inundating veterinary clinics. With new cases now being diagnosed in 2016, it’s critically important that dog owners have the information they need to protect their pets.
CIV, more commonly referred to as the dog flu, is highly contagious and can spread quickly in urban areas, doggie daycares, boarding facilities, dog parks and sporting events. The dog flu is a problem all year round, especially when our pets are outdoors more often and more likely to encounter other dogs if they are social.
Unfortunately, almost all dogs are naïve to the new H3N2 dog flu strain and have no natural immunity to it, meaning virtually all exposed dogs become infected. And by the time CIV begins to spread in an area, it may be too late. Prevention is the best approach. But there is a vaccine. To learn more, speak to your veterinarian and visit www.doginfluenza.com.
Learn more about CIV at If This Dog Could Talk events where pet owners will have the opportunity to meet and have their dogs photographed by Elias Weiss Freidman. He is the creator of the renowned photo-documentary series, The Dogist, and he is collaborating with Merck Animal Health to raise awareness of the dog flu. There will also be local veterinarians on hand to further discuss important canine health information. Events are being held on the following dates and locations:
July 23: Lake Shore East Park at 450 E. Benton Place, Chicago, IL 60601
August 13: Freedom Barkway at 523 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
September 24: Frazier Park at 1201 W Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Those who are unable to attend an event are encouraged to support the campaign to raise awareness of canine influenza by posting photos of their dogs on Twitter using #IfThisDogCouldTalk and tagging @MerckAH. Select photos could also be featured in The Dogist e-book. For updates on local events visit www.doginfluenza.com/ifthisdogcould and look out for posts from The Dogist on Facebook and Twitter.
By tweeting a photo, you are allowing Intervet Inc., d/b/a Merck Animal Health (“Merck Animal Health”) to use it at its sole discretion, including for marketing materials developed by Merck Animal Health. Once published, it will be available for viewing by any other person for as long as the published materials are in circulation.