Tips to Help Protect Your Dog from Canine Influenza

Updated 03/07/2017 with dog flu information for 2017.

Canine influenza, also known as dog flu, has been an issue for Chicago dog owners since 2015. Although reports of dog flu cases have not spiked this year like they did in 2015, it has recently caused The Anti-Cruelty Society to halt adoptions of dogs. Fortunately, they have recently been able to allow dog adoptions again. According to a recent CBS article, more than 100 dogs have been infected by the dog flu so far in 2017.

The origin of canine influenza is unclear, but most believe that the virus came from Asia, mutated, and is now infecting dogs and cats.

Spring is just around the corner, and dogs and their owners will want to to be outside enjoying beautiful Chicago weather. Dog flu is similar to human flu, it can be spread through direct contact and symptoms may take several weeks to develop.

There are several precautions that you can take to better protect your pet:

  • Instead of going to a dog park, take a long walk on the lakefront or on local trails throughout Chicago.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after engaging with other pets.
  • Instruct your dog-walkers to walk your dog separately and to wash their hands before entering your apartment.
  • Try to avoid taking your dog to the dog beach, pet-hotels, day camps, pet stores or the groomer.

If you notice any change in your dog’s behavior, please contact your vet immediately.

Wirtz Residential is pleased to provide dog-friendly apartments in Chicago’s northside communities, including Lakeview, East Lakeview, Wrigleyville, and Lincoln Park, . Our newest Lakeview apartment community, 2950 N Sheridan, is also dog-friendly.