Not only should you wash your hands regularly while out-and-about and at work, but you also should after petting your furry friends! Researchers at Cornell university’s College of Veterinary Medicine have been monitoring reported cases of canine influenza, with over 200 reports in Illinois, Kentucky, and Georgia since March of 2015.
Canine influenza is not related to the human variant of the virus, however, so dog owners need not worry about their own health. Researchers have noticed intense, geographically limited flare-ups in the canine virus, and unlike the human flu it is not seasonal making rapid spread possibilities much more likely.
How do you know if your dog is infected? The main difference between the human and canine viruses is gastrointestinal with most infected dogs showing little to no signs of an upset stomach. Concerned pet owners should consult with their veterinarians about a possible vaccination. Stay healthy and make sure your pets are too!
(H/T: USA Today)