Vaccinations Urged With Spike in Dog Flu Cases

(North Mankato, MN) – With the number of canine influenza cases quickly on the rise, it may be a good time to get your dog in for a vaccination.

The North Mankato Animal Hospital is now contacting its patients, saying it is “highly recommending” vaccinations for any dog whom frequently visits an animal hospital, dog park, boarding facility, groomer, pet store, or doggy day care.

Over the last couple of months there have been 32 cases of canine influenza in Minnesota, 11 of which were reported just in the last week alone. According to the North Mankato Animal Hospital, those cases have been around the Twin Cities and there have not yet been any confirmed in Greater Mankato.

The spike in cases has led the state to again start tracking the disease.

Canine Influenza is a highly contagious upper respiratory disease with symptoms that include fever, coughing, lack of appetite, rapid breathing and lethargy.

Of those dogs that become infected with canine influenza, up to 8% will die due to complications.

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