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Vaccine Now Available For Local Dog Flu

Photo by Crystal Chavez.

Dog flu is spreading in central Florida. Veterinarians are recommending some dogs get vaccinated.

Melissa Lohsen of Newman Veterinary Centers of DeLand said home body dogs that never leave the house are safe, “but any dogs that go to groomers, boarding facilities, training, dog shows, dog parks, neighborhood walks where they may come in contact with other dogs those are the dogs we are recommending get the vaccine.”

She said they’ve given 75 vaccines in the past couple of weeks. Dog flu symptoms include coughing, sneezing, fever, nasal discharge and lack of appetite. Vets say in extreme cases it can turn into pneumonia and be deadly.

This strain—H3N2– first hit Chicago, then a dog show in Georgia. About a month and a half ago some of those Georgia dogs came to a dog show in DeLand and spread it locally.


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Crystal Chavez

About Crystal Chavez

All Things Considered Host and Reporter

Crystal Chavez comes to WMFE from Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, Texas. She served as the Morning Edition host in the Alamo City for the past three years. Crystal also produced a weekly radio program called Fronteras, providing in-depth reporting on U.S.-Mexico border issues, immigration and changing ... Read Full Bio »

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