|NYSVMS responds to member calls about canine influenza in NYC|
On Sept. 3, 2014, NYSVMS received calls from a few New York City members asking if an official outbreak of canine influenza has affected veterinary practices in New York City. No official outbreak has been reported to our office.
CBS2-NYC ran a news story last Friday, Aug. 29, about a doggy day care facility in Lower Manhattan that voluntarily closed its facility for cleaning when it was discovered that a dog had been diagnosed with Canine Influenza. In the body of the news story it was reported that veterinarians in Manhattan reported an outbreak of the virus in recent weeks.
In an effort to help you advise your clients about the seriousness of canine influenza, we have provided a link to the Center for Disease Control that discusses the disease in detail, including symptoms and treatment options.
This link will also provide you a video, courtesy of PetMD, that discusses the disease and how to protect your pet. You might consider including this on your hospital websites, or link it to an email newsletter, as an informational advisory for your clients.
This would be an excellent opportunity for your hospital to encourage your clients to have their canine pets vaccinated against canine influenza.
Finally, this link will provide an interesting article about canine flu as published by Veterinary News Network on January 23, 2012. And you can view the American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccination Guidelines here.
We will keep you abreast of any further developments to this story as we learn of them.