Just as it is flu season for humans, it’s also the season of canine influenza, also known as Dog Flu. Canine influenza is an infectious respiratory disease occurring in dogs caused by the H3N8 virus.
Below are ways to protect your dog from catching the flu:
- Awareness: Know if there is an outbreak of the dog flu in your area. You will find alerts in bulletins from local shelters, animal rescue groups, veterinarian’s office, animal control or the local news. Since 2004, episodes of canine influenza have been recorded in Colorado, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.
- Contact: The virus is transmitted in the exchange of saliva and nose-to-nose contact. If an outbreak is reported, keep your dog from contact with other dogs.
- Immunize: A canine influenza vaccine was approved May 2009 by the USDA. If your dog is often around other dogs, talk to your vet about getting the shot.
- Monitor: Keep a close eye on you dog’s health by watching for signs of illness such fever, nasal secretions and coughing.
Canine influenza is highly contagious among dogs but there is no evidence of transmission to other animals or human beings. If you think your dog is sick, the best course of action is to take him to the vet. At Pet Supermarket your pet’s health and well being is our number one priority. We offer everything from vitamins and flea control to skin and coat care. Come in and visit us today!