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Influenza in Dogs and Cats: What You Need to Know

A veterinarian examines a dog

In August, the New York Times warned of a “twindemic”: a seasonal influenza superimposed over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Doctors, local governments and the Centers for Disease Control all urged Americans to get a flu shot to prevent a twindemic. Then, around Christmas, the Times published another article indicating the twindemic had not materialized as

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Kennel Cough: A Common Condition with Many Causes

Macbeth, a small, white Westie sits who overcame a bout of Kennel Cough sits on some red stairs

Macbeth, my extra cute Westie puppy patient, came in last week with a persistent cough. I noted a runny nose, but no fever or loss of appetite. When I examined him, he easily coughed if I palpated his windpipe. He had previously been vaccinated against canine influenza, Bordetella and distemper-parvovirus ahead of a stay at

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Canine Flu: An Update

For the last few months, veterinarians and dog owners in the Chicago area and other Midwestern states have been faced with an outbreak of canine influenza. Over 1,100 dogs have been diagnosed with the virus and sadly, some have died. First identified in an outbreak of what was believed to be “kennel cough” in greyhounds,

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Fall Flu Season and Your Pets

Fall is here, and with fall comes the flu. Every fall our physicians urge us to be vaccinated against the flu to protect our family members and ourselves from contracting or spreading this year’s flu virus. What about our pets? Why didn’t I start this post urging you to take your pet to the veterinarian

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