Canine Influenza Detected In Dogs In Tennessee

Friday, June 16, 2017

The state veterinarian is advising dog owners to monitor their pets due to reports of canine influenza in Tennessee.

The UT College of Veterinary Medicine confirmed detection of canine influenza (CI) in four dogs in East Tennessee. The illness in three of the dogs is believed to have originated at a dog show in Perry, Ga.

Canine influenza—or dog flu—is a highly contagious viral infection. It is spread among dogs via direct contact, nasal secretions (through barking, coughing or sneezing), and contaminated objects. People who handle infected dogs may also transmit the virus to healthy dogs. 
This virus can affect cats, however there is no evidence that the strains of CI detected in the U.S. have caused illness in humans.

“At this time, reports of canine influenza have been limited to East Tennessee,” State Veterinarian Charles Hatcher said. “But we encourage dog owners across the state to keep a close eye on their pets’ health, especially if they have co-mingled with other dogs or participated in dog shows.”

Symptoms of CI may include a persistent cough, discharge from the nose or eyes, sneezing, lethargy, loss of appetite, and/or fever. Nearly all dogs exposed to CI become infected. Although it will result in a mild illness in most dogs, in some cases it can lead to pneumonia and even death, particularly for puppies, elderly dogs, and dogs with pre-existing health conditions. If you suspect your dog may be ill, contact your veterinarian immediately.

There is a vaccine for the H3N2 strain of CI. Ask your veterinarian if the vaccine would benefit your dog. 

The state veterinarian offers these tips:
- Make sure your dog is up-to-date on all appropriate vaccinations.
- Wash your hands after contact with any dogs.
- Avoid co-mingling dogs.
- Do not share equipment or toys between dogs.
- Immediately isolate any dog that shows signs of illness and contact your veterinarian.

"The Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Lab provides low-cost animal testing and diagnostic services to promote animal health within the state of Tennessee," officials said.



CHI Memorial Convenient Care - LaFayette Now Open

CHI Memorial Convenient Care – LaFayette is now open and will host an open house event for the community on  Wednesday, from 1 – 5 p.m.   Activities will include mini health assessments, including blood pressure, height, weight, BMI (body mass index) and waist circumference, diabetes risk self-assessment, bone density screening, breast health education and light refreshments. ... (click for more)

University Surgical Welcomes 2 New Surgeons

University Surgical Associates (USA) welcomes Erica R. Clark, D.O. and John C. Huggins, M.D., to the team of surgeons providing specialized surgical care to patients in the Chattanooga area. “This is an exciting time in the history of University Surgical as we gain two outstanding surgeons who will enhance our services in vascular, breast and general surgery,” says Michael ... (click for more)

Deborah Cox Of Graysville Dies After Wreck On Jones Gap Road

One person who was in critical condition after a wreck on Jones Gap Road has died. The victim was identified as Deborah Cox, of Graysville, Tn.  Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies, along with HCEMS and fire personnel, worked the accident near the 13,300 block of Jones Gap Road. Due to the crash, north and southbound Jones Gap Road were closed for a lengthy ... (click for more)

Excitement Builds As Tennessee Valley Prepares For Monday's Eclipse

Sandra Nicholson, director of the Edu-Care Daycare Center on Signal Mountain, is as ready for  Monday’s  historic solar eclipse as she’s ever going to be. It took some doing, she said, but she has finally enough pairs of NASA-certified solar safety glasses for everyone in her family.  She’s just one of the tens of thousands of Tennessee Valley area residents ... (click for more)

Mayor Invites Civil War II - And Response (18)

I just received an email from the Mayor stating that he filed paperwork to remove the city of Chattanooga as the trustee for the Confederate Cemetery on Third Street. I understand the Mayor's intent was to distance the city from it's racist past and subsequent hate, but I feel like this is an interesting move without much thought of the consequences. The Mayor prefaced his ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The New Mean

Until last Monday I believed nobody could ever hurt my feelings again. In the half-century I have been a writer I’ve had hundreds of people take swipes at me, been called more names, and received more hate mail than you can imagine. I also know the only way anyone can hurt you is for you to allow it and, brother, it is nigh impossible to get inside me. My defense mechanism is because ... (click for more)