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Canine Flu Spreading In New York City

May 27, 2018 - 4:37 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Flu season, as bad as it was, is now behind us – at least for humans.

But canine flu is now spreading in the city, 1010 WINS is told.

The H3N2 strain is the one that affects dogs. People cannot contract it, but the strain is fatal to about 10 percent of dogs.

Dozens of cases have been reported in Brooklyn over the last few weeks, with at least three confirmed cases in Lower Manhattan.

“The boroughs are all so close to each other, so what happens is dogs go to daycare, dogs go to dog parks, dogs walk around the street, they sniff; they smell other dogs,” said Dr. Ali Mason, director of the VCA Hope Animal Hospital in Brooklyn. “The flu cannot only pass dog to dog, but it can also go through water bowls and toys.”

Mason said dogs, just like humans, can suffer from coughing, runny nose, and fever. She said there is a canine flu vaccine, which is the best way to protect your pet.