Kennel cough; What to do when your “kids” have the flu

elaine | September 29, 2010

It seems to happen about once every couple of years, despite vaccination efforts, my dogs get the dreaded “kennel cough”, also known as ‘infectious tracheobronchitis’.
Usually this happens in the winter after a show that has been held indoors for several days, but this time my “kids” picked it up at a summer show that we [...]

H1N1 cases now confirmed in dogs

elaine | December 2, 2009

Some dogs now have confirmed H1N1.   The two dogs were diagnosed by the China Agricultural University at the end of November.  We knew it would happen, after all, swine flu has been found in many mammals including cats, ferrets, pigs, and of course, people.  I posted a story about this when it first crossed over into [...]

Could your dog catch the swine flu?

elaine | November 5, 2009

     While it appears to be rare, it can happen.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine confirmed that a 13-year-old cat whose owners had experienced flu-like symptoms contracted H1N1 (swine) flu.
    ”This may be the first instance where we have documentation that transmission occurred involving cats or dogs,” [...]

Should “Fido” also be getting a flu shot?

elaine | September 23, 2009

‘Tis the season….  You’re probably thinking about flu shots for yourself and your family right now, but don’t forget your four legged family member.
Just this summer the first canine influenza vaccine was given conditional approval by the USDA.  Canine Influenza has been found in 30 states including Colorado.  The highly contagious virus often just causes [...]