Canine influenza, more commonly known as “dog flu,” is a contagious viral infection that, unfortunately for you and your pups, has been showing up in greater strength in Texas.
The two most virulent strains, Virus H3N8 and H3N2, are not related in any way, so here at ZippiVet, we recommend that dogs at risk should be vaccinated against both strains. Sadly, you can’t just run down to Walgreens and grab Spot some Doggy DayQuil.
What can you do?
You can understand the risks!
Start with this map of outbreaks across the country.
Then, keep an eye for high-risk, high-dog-traffic areas.
Which Dogs are at Risk?
Dog flu is transmitted through a dog’s respiratory secretions. This can be from barking, coughing, or even sneezing. Transmission is especially more likely when a dog in close contact with any infected dog. These interactions are most often found at dog kennels, groomers, daycare facilities, and shelters.Dogs who regularly visit dog parks and other places where pups gather in numbers can also get sick.
The best solution? Get a vaccination that covers both the H3N2 strain and the older H3N8 strain.
ZippiVet recommends you vaccinate puppies in their eighth week of life, followed by yearly boosters. If you’re looking for a solution, Book an Appointment With Us!
When Should I Seek Treatment?
If your dog starts to cough, it’s time to get it checked out, especially if they’ve been at a dog park, kennel, or groomer that week. Many dogs develop a thick and green nasal discharge. Affected dogs may seem unusually lethargic, or they may vomit. As is always the case, a fever of 104-105℉ is an important sign of illness.
To prevent transmission of the virus, dogs infected with canine flu, as well as other pets in the household, should be isolated for 4 weeks, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
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