Dog flu, or canine influenza, is a respiratory infection caused by a virus that attacks our dogs. It is highly contagious, and can be very serious if not prevented properly. As recently as 2015, the Center for Disease Control declared a canine influenza outbreak in the midwest, and we are also currently seeing more cases pop up around the country.
With that in mind, it’s important to protect your dog from this virus. This is especially true if your dog is in contact with other dogs, like at a dog park, daycare or grooming facility, or if they accompany you when you go out. But even dogs who mostly stay at home are still at risk and their health can be compromised.
Some symptoms you should be on the look out for include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, or discharge from the nose. You may also see a loss of appetite, lethargy, or fever. If you notice these symptoms in your dog, contact us or a nearby veterinarian as soon as possible.
The best thing you can do to protect your dog is to vaccinate against the virus. The vaccine prevents the transmission of the virus, and it also contains no risk of infection when administering to your pet. We highly recommend that you vaccinate your dog against this potentially deadly virus.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We would be happy to speak with you about how you can protect your dog.