Dog Flu

Dear Kansas City Metro Vet Clinics:

As most of you know, there has been a very big outbreak of Canine Flu in the Chicago area.   This outbreak is making national news as it is rapidly spreading to Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Please consider preemptive measures to require CIV for all your social dogs.

Merck Animal Health testing has also confirmed respiratory Adno and Parainfluenza in the samples submitted.

Highlights:

  • 99 confirmed cases by Merck alone, 1,000 confirmed cases overall.
  • Positive cases spread to Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
  • Local media coverage in Chicago, South Bend Indiana, Atlanta, Phoenix,
  • Indianapolis, and Cleveland (links attached)
  • National media coverage in USA Today

The cost of this outbreak in Chicago will be far reaching:

Pet facilities, day cares, and dog parks have had to close.
Clinics are inundated with sick dogs.
Treatments are long lasting and costly.
5 Dogs have died.
Customers are questioning why they weren’t told about protective measures.
Vets are frantically calling for help and vaccines to administer to
their customers.

Media Coverage on 4.8.15:

Outbreak of dog flu spreading across Midwest (Indianapolis)
http://www.theindychannel.com/lifestyle/pets/dog-flu-outbreak-spreading-across-midwest

Dog flu increases in Midwest, sickening canines (Atlanta)
http://www.ajc.com/news/lifestyles/pets/dog-flu-increases-midwest-sickening-canines/nkpnB/

Dog flu shots good idea after Chicago outbreak (Indianapolis)
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2015/04/08/state-dogs-flu-shots-good-idea-chicago-outbreak/25450353/

Vets: Take precautions to protect your dog against flu (Indianapolis)
http://wishtv.com/2015/04/07/indiana-pet-owners-should-be-aware-of-canine-influenza/

Dog flu outbreak in the Midwest could spread (Chicago)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/pets/sns-201504071800–tms–petwrldctnya-a20150408-20150408-column.html

How to protect your pet from dog flu epidemic (Indianapolis)
http://www.wthr.com/story/28746979/how-to-protect-your-pet-from-dog-flu-epidemic
What you need to know about the canine flu (Cleveland)
http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/health/2015/04/07/canine-influenza-h3n8/25424615/

Dog Flu Puts Owners On Alert (Chicago/North Shore)
http://dailynorthshore.com/2015/04/07/dog-flu-puts-owners-on-alert-on-the-north-shore/

Warning for pet owners about deadly “dog flu” (Cleveland)
http://www.19actionnews.com/story/28744745/warning-for-pet-owners-about-deadly-dog-flu

Officials Advise Caution After Dog Flu Outbreak in Chicago (Fort Wayne)
http://www.21alive.com/video/Officials-Advise-Caution-After-Dog-Flu-Outbreak-in-Chicago-298987261.html

Canine flu outbreak in Chicago sickens thousands, kills 5 dogs (Phoenix)
http://www.abc15.com/news/national/canine-flu-outbreak-in-chicago-sickens-thousands-kills-5-dogs

Flu sickening, killing dogs in Chicago (USA Today)
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/04/08/dogs-flu-chicago/25454445/

Local animal health clinic trying to prevent a dog flu outbreak (South Bend)
http://www.abc57.com/story/28744287/local-animal-health-clinic-looks-to-prevent-a-dog-flu-outbreak

Kind regards,

Natalia Perine  | Territory Manager  |  Merck Animal Health  |
816.260.5293 direct  |  natalia.perine@merck.com