Dog Flu Outbreak Forces Closure of Wake County Animal Center
In response to a recent outbreak of dog flu, the Wake County Animal Center has made the difficult decision to close its doors to the public for a minimum of 35 days. The closure aims to prevent further spread of the virus and protect the health and well-being of the animals in their care.
The severity of the outbreak has already taken a toll on the center, with three dogs unfortunately losing their lives as a result of the virus. To prevent additional cases, the center will temporarily halt the acceptance of new animals and pause other services until the situation is under control.
Currently, there are 435 animals being cared for between the shelter and foster care. This number emphasizes the overcrowding issue that has contributed to the spread of the flu. The close proximity of dogs in one space is believed to be a major factor in the rapid transmission of the virus.
The rise in dog flu cases has been a concerning trend in North Carolina, especially after stays at boarding or day care facilities. Pet owners are urged to be vigilant and take preventive measures to protect their furry friends. Common warning signs of the virus include coughing, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. It is crucial for dog owners to seek immediate medical attention if any of these symptoms arise.
Notably, the dog flu virus can range from mild symptoms to secondary infections that can escalate to pneumonia and, ultimately, death. As a concerning development, the virus can also be transmitted to cats, further emphasizing the importance of containment and prevention measures.
During the closure, the shelter’s primary focus will be on quarantining, treating, and caring for the affected animals. This comprehensive approach aims to minimize the spread of the virus and ensure the well-being of all animals under their care.
The Wake County Animal Center acknowledges the inconvenience caused by the closure but emphasizes the importance of prioritizing the health and safety of the animals. Regular updates will be provided by the center to keep the community informed about the situation and when services will be fully restored.
In the meantime, pet owners are encouraged to take necessary precautions to keep their pets healthy and to consult with their veterinarians for additional guidance on preventing the spread of the dog flu.
As the virus continues to pose a significant threat, it is crucial for the community to stay informed and support the efforts of the Wake County Animal Center in containing and managing the dog flu outbreak.
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