We’ve all heard (and most of us have caught it!) about the dreaded flu sweeping our nation, but could our dogs be susceptible to their own strand of influenza?
Canine influenza (also known as dog flu) is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by specific Type A influenza viruses known to infect dogs. No human infections have ever been reported, so if you are worried about catching the flu, or giving the flu to your pup, fear not.
Signs of this illness include cough, runny nose, fever, lethargy, eye discharge, and reduced appetite, and typically lasts 2-3 weeks. Almost all dogs are susceptible to canine flu infection, and illness tends to spread among dogs housed in kennels and shelters. The spread of this illness is similar to humans; coughing, sneezing, and unifected dogs coming into contact with contaminated objects.
Luckily, there is a vaccine available and we do carry it. The vaccine course requires an initial shot, and then a booster three weeks after. If you have any questions regarding the flu or vaccine please give us a call! Below you can find a map showing the areas highly affected by the canine influenza!