The canine influenza outbreak afflicting more than 1,000 dogs in Chicago and other parts of the Midwest is caused by a different strain of the virus. Researchers do not know yet if the current canine influenza vaccine will provide any protection from this new virus. In areas where the viruses are active, pet owners need to avoid places where dogs congregate, such as dog parks, doggie daycare and grooming salons.
Symptoms to look for are: persistent dry cough or honking sound from your dog's throat. Dogs can appear healthy other than the coughing sounds. Some of them can also gag or cough up a white, foamy phlegm.
Call your vet if your dog has these symptoms: Lethargy, unwillingness to play or interact, rapid breathing, fever, lack of appetite and cough lasting more than several days.
Isolate your dog from other animals and contact your vet immediately.
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