Hillsborough County, Fla. (Jan. 12, 2024) - The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center recently identified an increase in respiratory infections in dogs at the shelter. In an abundance of caution, diagnostic testing was submitted that confirmed two cases of H3N2 canine influenza in the shelter population. Both dogs are in isolation and continue to receive medical care.

The Pet Resource Center, 440 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa, FL 33619, is taking proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of the dogs. All of the approximately 240 dogs at the shelter are being monitored and, if necessary, treated for dog flu symptoms. Several dogs have already recovered, and the shelter will continue to test and monitor the population.

Most cases of canine influenza are mild and common symptoms include cough, runny nose, fever, and reduced appetite. Some cases may progress to pneumonia, which can be life-threatening without proper care. As with human flu viruses, most dogs suffering from canine influenza will recover within two weeks with supportive care. Canine influenza is not transmittable to humans.

To protect animals in the community and prevent the further spread of disease, the Pet Resource Center encourages pet owners to limit dog-to-dog contact over the coming weeks. This includes visits to dog parks, day cares, and other public spaces with large numbers of pets.

The Pet Resource Center is the only open-admissions shelter in Hillsborough County, meaning the shelter accepts all dogs and cats regardless of breed, size, or medical condition. The shelter is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Posted: 1/12/2024, 2:45:11 PM