Symptoms of canine influenza include:

1. Severe lethargy
2. Loss of appetite
3. Fever
4. Cough
5. Nasal or ocular discharge.

Mode of transmission of the flu virus:

1. Aerosol. Direct contact (licking/playing); sneezing (up to 20ft!) and coughing.
2. Bowls/toys/cage/bedding. Virus survives up to 48 hours.
3. People (our hands and clothes). Virus survives up to 24 hours.

Canine influenza spreads in areas with high dog populations i.e. dog parks, doggy day care, groomer, etc. so please monitor your dogs, and if they are not feeling well, consider taking them to veterinarian to rule out influenza. Additionally, If your dog has not already been vaccinated, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian to have your dog vaccinated for H3N2 and H3N8. We know how much you love your four-legged companions, and it's important to always err on the side of precaution. Please know that while there have been a few rare cases of the H3N2 virus in cats, the virus does not pose any threat to humans.

As part of our commitment to provide the very best care and treatment to every animal we take in, we hope to provide these potentially life-saving vaccinations to every dog at our Manhattan shelter. Such precautions would prevent a potentially devastating outbreak that could easily claim the lives of the puppies, adults and senior dogs that have been patiently waiting for the day when they will experience the love of a forever family. For a donation of just $28, you can cover the cost for one shelter dog to be vaccinated against this deadly disease, and bring them one step closer to the happily ever after they deserve

I hope the information we have provided helps you better understand this outbreak and how to protect your furry best friends from harm. Please help us ensure that all Bideawee dogs are equally protected with a gift of $28 or more today.