Dogs and the Flu

Like many other illnesses, humans are not the only ones susceptible to catching the flu. Learn how to know when your pooch is really feeling under the weather. The holidays are over, but it is still winter and everyone has been exposed to… germs. Ick! Pretty much all the humans know the symptoms of the flu: runny nose, cough, body aches, headache, etc… However, do you know how to spot when your pet pooch has the dog flu?

Until recently, most pet owners and veterinarians alike did not think that dogs could get the flu. However, in 2004, researchers found a strain of influenza that can infect dogs, and it’s been found in 30 states! The flu is not highly dangerous to dogs. However, just like in humans, the influenza strain could develop into something more serious if it is left untreated. The flu in dogs could turn into a secondary infection, which in turn could turn into pneumonia that is life threatening.

Dogs with the flu cannot infect humans. Some studies have been completed that indicate dogs can be infected with the flu by humans. However, there is not enough data at this point in time.

The flu is difficult to diagnose in dogs, and can only be confirmed through a test. The symptoms of this illness in dogs are: a low fever, runny nose, persistent cough and acting lethargic, or unwilling to move. If your pet shows any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian and ask about a flu test.

When it comes to a pet who feels under the weather, it is better to be safe than sorry. If you are concerned, schedule a visit to the veterinarian.

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