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Canine Influenza and Parvovirus Treatment Options

In our last article, we discussed Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Xofluza (oxavir marboxil), two influenza antiviral medications that are prescribed to humans after infection has occurred. These treatment options are only approved for human use thus far. What about dogs? You may have heard in the past that Tamiflu has been used to treat viruses and assume the use applies to canine…

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Parainfluenza in Dogs: What is it?

    Before we delve into parainfluenza, we need to clear up confusion. The canine parainfluenza virus is separate from the canine influenza viruses. Therefore, the parainfluenza vaccine will not provide protection against the canine influenza viruses H3N2 and H3N8, nor will canine influenza vaccines protect against canine parainfluenza. However, for clarification, canine influenza virus infection…

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Canine Influenza H3N2 Virus Updates

On April 9, 2015, I reported that five dogs had passed away from canine influenza out of 1,000 known cases in the Chicagoland area. Chicago is densely populated with dogs and provides a rich resource of social opportunities for them, so these factors would contribute to the flu spreading so quickly. Most of us assumed…

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Canine Influenza Outbreak – Chicago 2015

Over 1,000 cases and five deaths have been attributed to the recent Canine Influenza outbreak in Chicago during 2015. Increasingly, I have been asked my thoughts and opinions on the subject and if dogs should be vaccinated for this virus. Canine Influenza Virus (H3N8)*Canine influenza virus can be spread by direct contact with aerosolized respiratory…

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