Canine influenza, also known as “dog flu”, was first discovered in the United States in 2004 among racing greyhounds in Florida. This particular strain of flu, called H3N8, has mostly been contained to areas along the Eastern Seaboard.
Fast forward to the spring of 2015 in the Chicagoland area, where dog after dog began arriving at veterinary clinics across the region with symptoms of an unidentified illness. It wasn’t until April of that year when scientists at the University of Wisconsin and Cornell University determined that the sick dogs were infected with a different strain of canine influenza, known as H3N2.
Becoming educated about canine influenza is an essential first step toward preventing its spread and protecting our pets.
Not everyone chooses to bring their pets along on vacation, but there are certain benefits for those of us who do: we don’t have to spend money on boarding or pet sitting, we know that our pets are being given the best possible care (by us!), and we get to have the enjoyment of sharing our vacations with our best pals.
If your vacation plans include an airline ticket for two, you will have some extra work to do to prepare your pet. Air travel with pets is not without complications, so the sooner you can start researching and planning, the better off you will both be.
Any time you cross state lines with your pet, you will need to have a pet health certificate, also known as a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Airlines also require one for every animal on board. Contact your team at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital to get started on this important aspect of air travel with pets.