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Dog-to-dog contact discouraged amid spread of canine influenza, health officials say – KSTP

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has released new guidance for pet owners on how to combat the spread of canine influenza.
The board said there are high indicators that canine influenza is spreading within the Twin Cities.
On April 6, the board announced four cases of canine influenza occurring outside of the original outbreak area, prompting animal shelters in Anoka, Hennepin and Washington counties to quarantine.
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Data from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health show there could be as many as 196 suspected cases of canine influenza in 2023.
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health suggests dog owners:
“Unfortunately, testing for canine influenza is cost prohibitive for many dog owners, and we aren’t receiving as many confirmed positive results as the numbers of sick dogs veterinarians are reporting at their clinics,” Dr. Veronica Bartsch, the senior veterinarian in charge of companion animals, said. “If a dog is symptomatic and an owner elects not to test or a test comes back negative, we’re still encouraging veterinarians to treat and advise patients for canine influenza out of an abundance of caution.”
To read more about canine influenza and how to protect your dog, CLICK HERE.
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