Dog flu concerns arriving earlier than normal in Louisville this spring
Flu season for adults is wrapping up but it is just starting back up again for dogs, and it's even earlier this year.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Humane Society closed its intake facility on Steedly Drive on Sunday because three dogs have cases of the flu. It's 10 off-site adoption centers will remain open, but it won’t be taking in any more dogs for the time being.
On Monday afternoon, more than 100 dogs played and joined their owners on the great lawn of Waterfront Park for the Fest-a-ville HappyTail Hour. It’s areas like that where lots of dogs gather that veterinarians say poses the greatest risk for dogs to catch the virus.
“Last year, we didn’t see anything till June, really. So I am still waiting for the other shoe to drop,” said Veterinarian Kurt Oliver at the Lyndon Animal Clinic. “The industry is all over this trying to find answers, but I don’t know if the answers are there yet.”
In 2017, the Louisville area had the most number of dog flu cases than any other area in the country. Officials also say shelter dogs were vaccinated for both strains of the dog flue starting in June 2017 when the virus was first detected in the city.
In cases where the dog flu may be present, staff at Lyndon Animal Hospital will greet owners and the pets in the their cars and treat the animals there so they don’t have to come into the clinic.
The series of two vaccinations are given out two to four weeks apart and aside from washing clothing and dog toys, is one of the surest ways at preventing the virus from spreading
“If [the flu] continues and gets worse, it might make us reluctant to want to take our dogs out," said Dee Spence, who brought her four-month old french bulldog puppy to Monday's event at Waterfront Park. "Really wouldn’t want anything to happen to it. It’s like a child. You would like to think that anyone that has a dog treats it like a family member.”
The Kentucky Humane Society will be halting their dog intake for approximately two weeks until the quarantined dogs are cured of the virus.
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