Canine flu concerns lead to cancellation of canine events in central Tennessee

LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Inaugural Bark in the Boro, which is an event for dogs, was to be held this weekend at Middle Tennessee State University. However, organizers have announced that it will be rescheduled to allow time for the current canine flu outbreak to subside.

Canine flu is highly contagious and can be spread through droplets in the air or by coming into contact with surfaces where germs live. The risk of your dog catching it is mostly determined by where you live and your dog’s lifestyle.

Dr. Allen Craig, a veterinarian at Lebanon Animal Hospital, told News 2 while he heard canine flu was prevalent in places like Mt. Juliet and Bowling Green, Kentucky, he didn’t see it too much. often in his office.

“If your dogs are around other dogs, that’s where they’re going to get it,” Craig said. “If your dog stays home and isn’t exposed to other dogs, he’s at a fairly insignificant risk.”

Canine flu symptoms include a cough, runny nose, fever, fatigue, and sometimes loss of appetite. Older dogs are at a greater risk of developing pneumonia from canine flu, according to Craig. When dogs do catch the disease, the vet said they often show no symptoms for the first five to seven days, but can still spread the infection to other dogs.

The main way to protect your puppy is to get him vaccinated against the canine flu, especially if he is elderly or spends time with other dogs. The H3N2 strain has caused the most problems in Middle Tennessee, but Craig recommends vaccinating your dog against both strains of canine flu.

Dog owners can breathe a sigh of relief; humans cannot catch canine flu from their dogs.

“When we look at the emergence of new diseases, and that’s really the problem, it’s not something we were dealing with 10 or 20 years ago, but [the main concern is] Is it going to be the flu that’s not just a problem with our dogs, but is it also going to be the flu that potentially jumps out and eventually starts affecting people? It hasn’t been proven at all,” Craig said.

Although canine flu cannot infect humans, it could infect some cats. There’s currently no vaccine to protect cats from canine flu, but Craig said it’s not a concern.

Bark in the Boro has been postponed to April. To learn more about the event, Click here.