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Old 06-07-2017, 10:44 AM
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It is definitely worth getting the vaccine, but if you are in one of the states that is currently having a big issue with it (like Florida) I would maybe speak with the boarding facility and find out how they are battling the issue. At this moment I would probably opt for in home care over boarding just because of how contagious it is. It only takes one dog sneezing in an area or someone touching a sick dog and then touching your dog for it to spread. And vaccines aren't 100% working.

From what Izrddr said earlier in the thread the vaccine doesn't seem to prevent the virus, it just keeps the dog from getting as sick and helps them recover faster.

It's times like this that it's a blessing that Zody is reactive. He's not a dog sport, dog park, doggy play group, candidate. I tend to avoid taking him places where there will be a lot of dogs.
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Oh yea, I heard the vaccine isn't going to stop your dog from getting the virus at all. If fact a dog that was vaccinated recently caught the virus. BUT if you have to board and there are no other options then I would vaccinate as a precaution. At least that will allow the body a better chance of being able to fight it.
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:44 PM
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The virus seems to be spreading rapidly and is more virulent than earlier reports. I just read that two dogs died last week in North Carolina from the virus, and it appears to be spreading in Northern Virginia area. Other than keeping your dogs in the house or within the yard, has anyone read of other preventative measures? I have also read that humans can pass the virus. Are there any reports that the virus can be a health issue for humans, particularly elderly, infants and children?
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Old 06-17-2017, 10:33 PM
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I read on the internet this evening that the virus has spread all over the southeastern US, that 80% of the dogs who have contact with the virus contract the disease and that the disease can be fatal. This does not seem to be very well known, and it is information that needs to be disseminated.
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:47 AM
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From my understanding all of the dogs that I have heard that have died from it had other conditions as well like pneumonia. Also I've heard that it hits the elderly and the puppies the worst.

It is very contagious and humans can spread it on something as simple as your clothing and shoes. All it takes is for a dog to cough and whatever that mucus lands on is now a carrier. Dog's fur. Your clothing. Anything. I thought I heard that it was contagious to people but I can not confirm that. I believe it is contagious to other animals like cats.

My dogs are on house arrest right now. I'm paranoid. I was talking to my agility trainer the other day and she said that on top of her dogs being home bound but she is avoiding places where dogs go. She took her dogs to the vet to have them vaccinated for the virus and when she got home she stripped her clothing in the garage, sanitized her shoes and bathed all of her dogs after. But then again she has a 9 year old, 11 year old and 13 year old in her house.

I had to go to the pet store this weekend (will be ordering from Chewy for a while I think) and was amazed to see the amount of people out with their dogs. Pet owners I don't think are getting the message. While the sport community is spreading it (some are respecting it, some aren't) it seems a lot of people either aren't understanding the gravity of the situation or don't care.
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From my understanding all of the dogs that I have heard that have died from it had other conditions as well like pneumonia. Also I've heard that it hits the elderly and the puppies the worst.

It is very contagious and humans can spread it on something as simple as your clothing and shoes. All it takes is for a dog to cough and whatever that mucus lands on is now a carrier. Dog's fur. Your clothing. Anything. I thought I heard that it was contagious to people but I can not confirm that. I believe it is contagious to other animals like cats.

My dogs are on house arrest right now. I'm paranoid. I was talking to my agility trainer the other day and she said that on top of her dogs being home bound but she is avoiding places where dogs go. She took her dogs to the vet to have them vaccinated for the virus and when she got home she stripped her clothing in the garage, sanitized her shoes and bathed all of her dogs after. But then again she has a 9 year old, 11 year old and 13 year old in her house.

I had to go to the pet store this weekend (will be ordering from Chewy for a while I think) and was amazed to see the amount of people out with their dogs. Pet owners I don't think are getting the message. While the sport community is spreading it (some are respecting it, some aren't) it seems a lot of people either aren't understanding the gravity of the situation or don't care.
Confining your dog seems to be the prudent course of action until there is more clarity on this virus.
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The virus continues to spread, and this article seems to confirm that confining your dog is the appropriate protection. In addition to the states in the South that are mentioned, there are quite a number of reported cases in the DC/MD/VA area.

There's a Highly Contagious Dog Flu Spreading in This Southern State
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I was at Petsmart last night with my grandmother's dog (had to, her nails needed grinding so she stopped slicing my grandmother open) and I was AMAZED by the amount of people that had their dogs out in public. I Didn't touch any other dog and tried to get out of there as fast as I could. While I was checking out I watched 2 people with puppies (like 8 weeks old) come in to shop. It doesn't seem to be spreading to the pet owners that this is a legit problem.

@LoveMyDog52, thank you for the articles. This is something I have to continue to watch.
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This virus appears to be spreading all over the place! It is now all over the Southeast and MidAtlantic and it has spread to Minnesota! It is highly contagious, and there seems to be little publicity about it.

https://tcagenda.com/2017/dog-flu-rise-minnesota/
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