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I wanted to start a thread on this horrible and potentially deadly virus that I understand has been prevalent in Florida, and I understand that there is a recent case in Northern Virginia (Washington DC suburbs). Based on the information that I have been able to ascertain from recent newspaper articles, the virus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by humans. The case in Northern Virginia appears to have most likely involved physical contact or close proximity at a local park, and the dog owner believes it almost certainly has spread from the dog who was reported. Is there a means of avoiding this highly contagious virus other than by keeping your dog indoors?
 

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Stay clear of endemic areas... still not widespread, yet, and seems to 'burn out' quickly if some monitoring is in practice. I worked in several places that routinely vaccinated for this virus, but, as yet, we have not seen a single case of it yet at our practices in Los Angeles, though there was a small break out a few months ago in the shelters. There was a well known and moderately widespread epidemic in Chicago a few years ago, but it's over now and was stopped thanks to isolation, monitoring (tests available for this virus) and vaccination. Vaccines do not seem to keep dogs from getting infected, but drastically lessens the symptoms and time of illness. As far as I am aware, very few if any dogs died in that Chicago epidemic, though hundreds of dogs were infected. Many pretty ill, too, but this bug doesn't seem to kill very often. Still, worse than the other flu virus in dogs (H3N8).
 

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Hello from Florida. This is a big deal. At this point I am avoiding taking my dogs to places that are heavily populated by dogs where they will be around them for a long period of time (we went on 1 walk but we don't usually see many dogs). Agility classes are looking like they are going to be canceled for the last 2 weeks before we take our month or 2 long break. Forbes' breeder shows confirmation and this is a big problem. There is still very little known about this virus. From it's incubation period (some are believing it's 5-7 days while others are thinking 24-26 days) and whether vaccines are actually worth it. From what I understand there have been cases of dogs getting the virus after they have had the vaccine. From what I understand it's transmitted through the air, so a sneeze could EASILY spread it. The scariest thing is that there is just so much we don't know

Also from what I understand, if treated correctly and quickly it can be fought and does not have to be deadly.

I think I will be keeping my dogs home for a little while for now....
 

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From what I hear it is popping up in other states now. People should be aware and diligent.
 

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I completely agree. It appears that that the virus has spread to the Washington DC area, and the incubation period is on the longer end so that it will be a few weeks before the number of infections becomes apparent. The virus appears to be extremely contagious, which raises many additional issues about even taking your dog outside where other dogs might have been a few hours earlier. I also read that it can be transmitted through humans, although I have not heard what the impact might be of a human being exposed, particularly infants, children and the elderly.
 

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From what I am hearing from my aussie's breeder who does confirmation shows the vaccines are not 100% effective. One dog in Florida recently still contracted the virus even after it was vaccinated. So people are saying that we can't completely rely on vaccines. Honestly I am going to avoid taking my dog to places any time soon. Agility classes have been canceled until the fall and it appears that people are more concerned this year then before as one of the main trail in Florida has been moved from July to September over fear of this virus (It's a huge event with many dogs from all over the state).

I would rather be safe then sorry as vets are trying to figure out how to combat this extremely contagious virus. Also I did hear that it could be spread to cats as well as humans but I didn't research that.
 

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Agility classes have been canceled until the fall and it appears that people are more concerned this year then before as one of the main trail in Florida has been moved from July to September over fear of this virus (It's a huge event with many dogs from all over the state).

I would rather be safe then sorry as vets are trying to figure out how to combat this extremely contagious virus. Also I did hear that it could be spread to cats as well as humans but I didn't research that.
That's a shame, but understandable. My dog is currently has the H3N8 vaccine, and I'm going to ask my vet about the H3N2 version. We may have to make a trip out of state fairly soon, which will mean kenneling her for a few days, so getting it would probably be a good idea.
 

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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.
 

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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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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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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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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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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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