Dog Flu: Remedy for an Epidemic

Dog lying quietly

Hype or Not, We’ve Got Sick Dogs Here! "I live in Chicago and work with dogs. I would call this an epidemic! It has destroyed the dog care industry here. Most of the dogs I know have gotten this flu. Thankfully none have died, but it is terrifying." Last week’s post on dog flu and its hype brought forth some consternation from those experiencing the disease. Even terror from one commenter. As this was obviously a fast spreading epidemic, easily transmitted from sick to non-sick dogs, I thought there had to be a homeopathic remedy to help. Homeopathy has a long history of use in epidemics. When a remedy has been identified that has cured a majority of patients, that same remedy often prevents the disease in those living near the sick. Examples of homeopathic prophylaxis in human epidemics include scarlet fever, smallpox, yellow fever, cholera, and one of the deadliest flus in … [Read more...]

Dog Flu: Fear, Uncertainty and Marketing

sleeping dog, looking sick

When Hyperbole Rules, Your Animals Lose “Deadly Canine Flu Sweeping the Midwest” reads the headline. “Highly contagious,” says the article. “Thousands” of dogs sickened in the Midwest, experts say. “Brand new dog flu strain,” never seen before in the U.S., say researchers. The canine influenza outbreak is all over the news and social media, and the hype about it is quite remarkable. And there’s news: it’s a new strain, called H3N2, originating from Asia, specifically China and South Korea. If you have been on the planet for more than 30 years, and have a good sense of marketing and media hype, this is all pretty suspect. Unless you’re a vaccine manufacturer or a veterinarian who stands to profit from fear mongering increasing your sales of vaccines. Let’s dig deeper to quell the fear the marketers would have you feel. As you know, if you’ve been reading along here for the … [Read more...]