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Canine influenza confirmed in Bozeman

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Our 4-legged friends may be facing an epidemic in Gallatin County.  

Canine flu is going around and some veterinarian doctors have weighed in on what can be done to prevent it or at least lessen the symptoms.

“It is confirmed that the cause of this respiratory disease is canine influenza,” said Jarod Moss, medical director at Creekside Veterinary Hospital

This is significant because canine influenza has never been confirmed in Bozeman before. This is a brand-new virus and this virus is relatively new to the United States.

“Your dog is going to get sick regardless, and you just have to take precautionary measures and you have to take them to the vet if they get sick,” said Lacy Wood, vet tech and animal science major.

Creekside Veterinary Hospital has had 25 percent of their patients confirmed with canine influenza or flu and other veterinary offices in Gallatin County are also seeing other kinds of respiratory diseases.

Which is why they have posted notes on their doors to warn other patients about this outbreak.

“The problem with this virus is no one has been vaccinated for it, no one is protected against it,” said Moss. “And dogs are not only getting sick, and getting signs of respiratory disease, but this disease is turning into pneumonia and in some cases even death. So we are concerned because we have a population of sick dogs who have a brand new virus and no one is protected against it.”

Veterinary offices in Gallatin County have the vaccine for canine influenza but it’s no guarantee

“Well, the influenza vaccine can be protected,” said Loni Odenbeck, part owner of 360 pet medical. “It takes up to a month for protection after the first vaccine and then it needs to be boosted in a month. It’s probably not a bad idea to vaccinate the dogs for influenza but it’s not going to guarantee their protection.”

“But still stay away from kennels, dog parks, that type of thing especially if they have any cases of upper respiratory disease in them,” said Odenbeck.

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