The outbreak of a dangerous new strain of canine flu, which started in the Chicago area, has been spreading across the country in the past few weeks. Texas was the first state outside the Midwest to report the disease, and this week we received reports from Georgia, Massachusetts, and now California.
“It’s slowly going to spread. To what degree? To how many animals are going to be affected? We just don’t know,” said Jeff Werber, a West Los Angeles veterinarian. “It spread through contact, as with people, with the respiratory secretions, so it’s airborne.”
Clearly, we can no longer treat this as a localized outbreak, and dog owners across the country should be on the lookout for symptoms.