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Has Your Dog got The Flu?

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Doggie Flu

 

If this time of year gives you the sniffles and the chills, it may very well happen to your dog, too.

According to the Center for Disease Control, canine influenza – or the H3N8 virus – has been around since 2004 when greyhounds caught the bug from racehorses.

The virus can’t be transmitted to humans (or vice versa).  However, you might consider getting a flu shot for your dog if he will be in contact with other canines – vet office, doggy daycare, the dog park.

Unlike humans, the doggy flu can be contracted all year round, not just in winter.

Symptoms include:  coughing, discharge from the nose, overall lethargy.  In severe cases, your dog may contract pneumonia.

Check with your veterinarian if you think your pup may be sick to decide on the proper treatment.   He may prescribe antibiotics, lots of water and bed rest, but there is also a vaccine available.

Sources: 

National Geographic:  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/11/131115-flu-shot-dog-science-pets/
Center for Disease Control:  http://www.cdc.gov/flu/canine/

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