Letter: Fight dog flu
On Aug. 31, local media shared the news that the first two cases of dog flu were diagnosed at the Maricopa Animal Care and Control facility in Phoenix. Because this is a highly infectious disease, you may be wondering how this affects you and your pets.
This flu can be lethal but it is also treatable, so knowing the symptoms is important. Symptoms are similar to the human flu and can include coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge and fever. If you have any concerns, consult your veterinarian right away.
Prevention in the form of vaccines are also available. Yavapai Humane Society recommends that you talk to your veterinarian about the risks and benefits of having your pet vaccinated.
Dogs that are most at risk are those who frequent dog parks or other areas where multiple dogs congregate. Working dogs or dogs that are going to be boarded may also be at risk. Less at risk are those dogs who mostly stay at home and/or have minimal exposure to other animals.
Vaccines will be available for the public at Yavapai Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic during their walk in vaccination clinics on Fridays. For more information, call 928-771-0547.
And don’t worry — YHS will also be vaccinating our shelter animals so if you are looking to add a new best friend to your life you can do so without concern!
YHS Marketing & Development Director