How To Protect Your Dog from Dog Flu:-
Protect Your Dog from Dog Flu. Hello I’m Dr. Mike and I want to talk to you about dog flu. Yes just like people, dogs can get the flu it’s not caused by the same virus as human flu but it’s flu nonetheless caused by an H3N8 virus it’s called canine influenza. Canine influenza was first seen in the United States in 2004 after an outbreak of respiratory disease in racing greyhounds in Florida.
Since then canine influenza has spread to 30 states across the u.s. dogs with canine influenza may have signs such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose or eyes and a fever these signs may also be seen with other respiratory diseases so it’s best to call your veterinarian immediately.
If you notice any of them while usually causing uncomfortable but mild signs this illness can be potentially life-threatening like many respiratory diseases canine influenza is spread by sneezing or coughing and by direct contact with contaminated clothing or objects such as food balls and bedding.
Canine influenza has the potential to spread rapidly through shelters, boarding facilities, pet stores, doggie daycare centers, and even dog parks that’s because it’s caused by a new virus and dogs have no immunity against it.
So every dog exposed to the virus for the first time will become infected. Unfortunately diagnosing canine influenza can be difficult and your veterinarian may need to run several tests to confirm that your dog has the disease. Veterinary ins may want to start dogs on treatment as soon as possible while awaiting the results of the diagnostic test IV fluids and antibiotics for secondary bacterial infections are the usual treatments most cases of canine influenza are mild but up to 8% of dogs may develop pneumonia and die.
Naturally we want to take steps to help protect dogs from this disease there is a vaccine for canine influenza that just like human flu shots may not completely prevent the disease but we’ll make it less likely and if a vaccinated dog does get the flu the signs are likely to be milder ask your veterinarian.