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Dog owners urged to take steps to protect pets as more cases of canine influenza reported

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MINNEAPOLIS— Minneapolis Animal Care and Control, under the recommendation of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, is advising pet owners of the immediate risks of canine influenza in Minneapolis, particularly in the North Loop and Uptown areas.

On May 5, 2023, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health alerted Minneapolis Animal Control of several positive cases found in Minneapolis.

Canine influenza is a highly infectious virus spread among dogs. The virus is not believed to be a threat to humans, although it can infect cats. It is particularly concerning in areas high concentrations of dogs gather. Residents and pet owners are advised to take precautions to protect their pets like:

  • Avoid dog to dog contact as this is the most common mode of transmission.
  • Avoiding areas where large numbers of dogs are congregating together.
  • Keep your distance (6 feet) at places where dogs congregate and while on walks.
  • Keep pet surfaces clean: The virus can remain on surfaces in the environment for up to 24-48 hours.
  • Consult your pet’s veterinarian if there are any symptoms of the disease.
  • Consult your veterinarian on vaccinating your pet against the disease.

Symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Runny eyes or nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hard swallowing or excessive throat clearing
  • Lethargy
  • Decreased in appetite and water consumption

Most dogs experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover within 2-3 weeks. However, some dogs will experience more serious infections that could result in secondary conditions, like pneumonia and possibly death. It’s important to see a veterinarian for specific treatment plans. 

Learn more about canine influenza.

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