Dog owners warned to avoid public parks and doggy day care centers.

Vets say the illness is unlike any other, five dogs killed since January. Dogs develop cough and breathing problems, can develop into pneumonia

A dog flu epidemic has broken out in Chicago.Five canines have died and more than 1,000 have been treated for the infection which was first detected in January.

Dog owners have been warned to avoid parks, group pet training, and doggy day care centers to protect their animals. According to a vet working to tackle the crisis, Dr Jerry Klein, dogs can be infectious without showing symptoms.

Like kennel cough - a less serious illness - dog flu can be infectious for up to a week after symptoms subside. Dr Klein told WBBM-TV: 'I've been here for 35 years, it's probably the worst type of outbreak I've ever experienced.'

Flu-stricken dogs develop a cough and breathing problems. They are treated with oxygen masks and ventilator tanks. In the worst cases, the illness develops into life-threatening pneumonia.

People cannot catch the flu from animals.


Responses to "Outbreak of canine influenza worries dog owners (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately, this will also spread to our wild canids where no treatment is available. Another bad thing about indiscriminate killing of wolves and coyotes

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