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Dog Flu

Fairy Dogparents Newsletter
October 2005

Making Pet Wishes Come True!
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Some Details about a new strain of Dog Flu

An article was recently published in the New York Times about a potentially fatal canine flu that has had outbreaks in 7 states.  As of September 22, 2005 the states reportedly having outbreaks included:

  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Massachutes
  • Texas
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Symptoms of this illness include a cough much like kennel cough, accompanied by high fever, high white blood cell count and runny nose.

The reported estimated fatality rate is 1-10% of infected dogs, with higher risk to young puppies and older dogs suspected.  Effective treatments are being sought.

If your dog becomes ill with these type of symptoms, we recommend immediate vet attention + no contact with other dogs until you are advised otherwise by a vet (do not allow the usual sniff and greet, no daycare, boarding, dog parks, etc).  Be sure to wash your hands before handling your other animals as well. 


Fairy Dogparents wishes you a Happy Halloween!  Remember, trick or treaters, that chocolate is toxic to keep it out of reach.

The Puppy Press Archives
Click a link below to read other online additions of The Puppy Press:

A Reminder on Heat Stroke - August 2004

How to be a Responsible Pet Owner - September 2004

Does Your Pet Have Separation Anxiety? - October 2004

Happy Holidays with your Pets - November 2004

Canine Rivalry & Dog Aggression in the Home - December 2004

A List of Shelters & Rescue Groups in Minnesota

How To Help a Lost Pet - February 2005

What to Do About Puppy Biting and Jumping - March 2005

Life Lessons I've Learned from my Pets - April 2005

Outdoor vs. Indoor Cats - May 2005

Flea and Tick Protection - June 2005

Hot Spots - July 2005

Submissive and Excitement Urination - August 2005

Dear Dogs and Cats - September 2005


Good kitty

October's Featured Charity of the Month:
CANINE CASTAWAYS of Minneapolis is our featured animal charity for the month of October!  In their own words,
"Canine Castaways is a newly founded 501(c)3 dog rescue group. The five founding members of Canine Castaways of Minnesota have over 30 years of dog rescue work. Canine Castaways is an all volunteer group. We do not operate from a shelter but rather from a network of foster homes throughout the Twin Cities area.

The dogs in our care have previously been lost, abandoned, abused and/or neglected. We provide housing, food, veterinary care, and love to these animals. We place them in foster homes until we find them a good, loving permanent home, however long it takes. "

Please consider adoption, fostering a homeless animal or dontating your time, materials or money to Canine Castaways.

Fairy Dogparents
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Fairy Dogparents
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