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Brooklyn dogs in danger of contracting canine influenza

May 23, 2018 By Gordon Walker Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Hopefully Brooklyn dogs like these cute fellas won't be impacted. Eagle file photo by Mary Frost

Dogs in Brooklyn may be subject to two new airborne strains of canine influenza, H3N8 and H3N2. The influenza strains have been recorded in more than 500 dogs in California and Nevada just this year. Unfortunately, 14 pups have already tested positive in Brooklyn, Fox 5 NY reported.

“There’s no natural immunity,” said Dr. Yasmine Mortsakis, head of the New York Veterinary Practice. “What you’re looking for is signs of coughing, nasal discharge, sneezing, them being very tired, not wanting to eat, not the same energy level.” If dog owners see any of these symptoms, Mortsakis urges owners to get their dogs vaccinated immediately, which can provide relief for the animals. To be fully immune, however, the dogs will have to wait to take a second booster shot two weeks later.

 

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