This weekend we had a snow fall and temperature dropped really low. I know I will be taking extra steps to avoid getting sick with the flue, but can can my dog get the flu?
This is a question many pet parents have as well as many of our clients. If you do a research you’ll find that the canine flu (H3N8) aka “the dog flu” is a contagious respiratory infection that was first discovered in 2004 when the virus jumped from horses and began affecting several breeds of racing dogs.
Here is some more information on the virus and how you can keep your dog healthy this season:
How is the dog flu spread?
Since dogs have no natural immunity to this virus, canine influenza can be easily transmitted between dogs; an infected dog can pass it to another dog through aerosolized respiratory secretions (sneezing, panting, etc.). The virus can also spread through canine contact with contaminated objects and by people who move between infected and uninfected dogs.
What are the symptoms of canine influenza
- Runny Nose
- Loss of appetite
- Respiratory infection
Can people catch the flu from their dog, and vice versa?
Although people and dogs can catch influenza viruses, they are susceptible to different strains of the virus, which means people don’t need to worry about catching the flu from their dog.
What to do if you think your dog has the dog flu?
Seek veterinary help if you note the cough lasted longer than two days combined with other symptoms (nasal discharge, difficulty breathing, lethargy, decreased appetite). The vet will recommend the best way to attack the problem.
How can you prevent the dog flu?
Keeping your dog away from infected dogs is the best way to prevent dog flu. If an owner is exposed to dogs or facilities with infected dogs, all clothing, surfaces, and hands should be disinfected before coming into contact with an uninfected dog. There is also a vaccine that can protect against certain strains of canine influenza. The vaccine consists of two shots given several weeks apart. These shots are preventative and will not treat a dog once it is infected.
:: } PLEASE KEEP IN MIND that the ONLY and SAFE way to know what is going with your dog if he seems sick is to speak to your vet about it and to seek further and professional advise. This is merely an informative article.
resources: pets.webmd.com , cesarsway.com , canigivemydog.com , petmd.co