Deadly dog flu now right next door to Oklahoma

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The deadly H3N2 dog flu has just been confirmed in Missouri.

The good news is there's a vaccine, but for the required two doses, you're looking at a $50 bill.

This H3N2 strain of canine flu is different from the older H3N8 strain that veterinarians have long been vaccinating against in Oklahoma.

No confirmed cases have yet reached our borders, but it's not a question of "if," it's a question of "when."

H3N2 was first discovered in the U.S. last year when it's believed an infected dog was brought over from Korea to New York.

Since then, it has swept through more than two dozen states and recently sickened nearly a thousand dogs in Chicago.

This strain of flu causes a contagious respiratory illness in dogs and is sometimes deadly, however, it is not contagious to humans.

Dogs have to be in close contact with other dogs to contract H3N2, such as being boarded, for instance.

Once a dog is infected, the vaccine will not work, so if you want to vaccinate, now is the time.

Veterinarians say, though it costs around $50 for both doses, that's cheaper than the cost of treating an infected dog with medicine.

H3N2 can lead to canine pneumonia. Look for symptoms like coughing, lethargy, runny nose, eye drainage, and a lack of interest in eating.

What do you think? Is the vaccine worth the cost?


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