Seven Things Every Pet Owner Needs to Know about Dog Flu

Dog flu is on the rise nationwide.  We are committed to providing up to date information about pet care.  Please see below for 7 things every pet owner should know about dog flu.

What is dog flu?

Canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is caused by the canine influenza virus (CIV) Type A. There are 2 known strains in the United States: H3N8 and H3N2. Most unvaccinated dogs are susceptible to infection by both viruses.

Which dogs are at risk?

Any dog can be at risk for canine influenza regardless of age, sex, or breed. However, dogs that visit doggie daycares, boarding kennels, and dog parks, or attend dog events are at more risk.

How is canine influenza spread?

Canine influenza spreads the same way as the common cold in humans.

Canine influenza viruses are most commonly spread through direct dog contact (sniffing, licking, nuzzling); through the air (coughing and sneezing); via contaminated surfaces (sharing water bowls or toys); or through contaminated humans (with viruses on their hands or clothing).

Where could my dog catch canine influenza?

The more your dog socializes with other dogs, the higher the risk of contracting canine influenza and other infectious respiratory diseases.

What are the clinical signs of canine influenza?

Most cases of canine influenza are mild. However, up to 20% of infected dogs will have moderate to severe illness.


What are the clinical signs of canine influenza? 

• Coughing and retching

• Sneezing

• Nasal and/or ocular discharge

• Decreased appetite

• Lethargy

• Fever

How can dog flu be prevented?

Vaccination is a great way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like dog flu. 

Call us today to schedule a dog flu vaccination for your pet.


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