What is canine influenza (dog flu)? It is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs similar to the flu humans get however no human infections with canine influenza have ever been reported. Despite the current news exploding with canine influenza information, the virus is not new so please do not panic.
However we do need to make sure we are all doing our part to slow the spread. The first step is always to contact your veterinarian with any concerns you may have and to discuss the best options to protect your dog. Vaccines against both H3N8 and H3N2 canine flu are available in the United States however supplies are limited. Your veterinarian can provide additional information about these vaccines and whether you should consider vaccinating your dog.
Symptoms of Dog Flu
- Nasal discharge
- Runny eyes
- Difficulty breathing
- Decreased appetite
Most cases of dog flu are mild, but severe cases do occur. In those instances, dogs develop pneumonia, difficulty breathing, and a high fever. Luckily, the mortality rate is low, with less than 10 percent of dog flu cases resulting in fatalities.
Here at Vera’s, we have strict cleaning practices in place and we have increased the frequency of those practices. We are deep cleaning overnight rooms and play areas frequently, washing and replacing food and water bowls often and monitoring every dog for symptoms or changes. We always have and will continue to require the Bordetella vaccination (Kennel Cough) for all dogs who come into our facility.
We absolutely love every one of the dogs we care for daily and we want to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep you and your pets safe.