FORT WORTH, Texas, April 22, 2015 – Tomlyn, makers of pet health and wellness products, is monitoring the supply and availability of Trifectant®, a broad-spectrum disinfectant capable of killing 99.9 percent of major viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens, including those that cause canine flu. The H3N2 virus, which is new to the United States, has infected more than 1,000 dogs and killed at least six in the Midwest.
“While canine flu isn’t new, it mutates just like human flu,” said Dr. Brian McLaughlin, a Tomlyn veterinarian. “This strain isn’t protected by an existing vaccine because it’s never been seen in the U.S. That’s why it’s dangerous and important to prevent.”
The virus has an incubation period of one to three days, but infected dogs can be contagious for up to two weeks. Symptoms include coughing, nasal discharge, fever and loss of appetite. It is currently not a threat to humans.
The virus most commonly spreads through close contact between dogs at daycare centers, boarding facilities, dog parks and similar “crowded” areas. According to McLaughlin, facilities should aim to prevent the virus’ spread by properly disinfecting with a product like Trifectant. It mixes with water for a ready-to-use solution that is safe for humans and animals, biodegradable and effective at killing pathogens that cause canine flu, parvovirus and other diseases that can affect dogs, cats, horses or other animals.
Tomlyn, a pet health and wellness company founded in 1976, carries a complete line of scientifically developed, veterinarian-approved pet health products that follow National Animal Supplement Council guidelines. The company’s wide range of product categories include: immune support; vitamins and high-calorie supplements; hairball remedies; joint and hip support; calming aids; pilling solutions; skin, ears, and eyes; all-natural remedies and sanitizers. Known as the maker of Nutri-Cal®, a high-calorie nutritional supplement, and Laxatone®, for the elimination and prevention of hairballs, Tomlyn is a division of Vétoquinol USA and owned by Vétoquinol SA, the ninth-largest veterinary pharmaceutical company in the world. For more information, visit Tomlyn.com.