The most recent update about the canine influenza virus (CIV) is that there have been 32 confirmed cases of canine influenza in Wright county. These are the first reported cases of H3N2 in Minnesota since 2015.
Here are some important facts about Canine flu:
- According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the flu virus is highly contagious. "Almost all dogs exposed to CIV will become infected, and the majority (80%) of infected dogs develop flu-like illness. The mortality (death) rate is low (less than 10%)." Dogs that are very young, very old, and immune compromised dogs are at higher risk of complications from flu.
- Symptoms of canine influenza include: lethargy, cough, fever and nasal discharge.
History of the Breed
Chances are you've seen old, English tapestries and paintings that feature the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This is because for centuries, the Cavalier has been a companion to artistrocratic families. Although they have been used successfully as a sporting dog, they were primarily a house pet for the wealthy.
Dogs that were bred to be companions typically have a very congenial nature, and the Cavalier is no exception. This highly affectionate breed makes a fabulous family dog. Cavaliers are active and sporting and love the companionship of a busy, loving household. They tend to consider strangers as friends, so usually do not make good guard dogs. If you have small children and are looking to add a dog into the mix, the Cavalier would be a wonderful choice.