The best treatment is prevention: make sure your dog gets an annual Dog Flu vaccination.
But, if your dog shows signs of illness or is diagnosed with Dog Flu, it's important to be proactive about preventing the disease from spreading. The canine influenza virus is a highly contagious respiratory infection that's easily transmittable from dog to dog and, in some cases, cats.
Remember! Dog Flu doesn’t just affect dogs—the disease can spread to and from cats, too.
Whether you’re a dog owner or work with dogs at a pet care facility, it’s very important to prioritize cleanliness during an outbreak.
Wash with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer as the Dog Flu virus can stay active on your skin for up to 12 hours.
Keep toys, food and water bowls, and other surfaces touched by dogs clean with soap and water, as well as disinfectants.
When working at a pet care facility and handling dogs, wear gloves to protect against the Dog Flu virus.
Clean your clothes after contact with an infected dog as the virus stays active for 24 hours. Changing your shoes before visiting other dogs is also necessary.
Dog Flu is a viral infection that can pose a real danger to your dog. It can cause nasal discharge, high fever, pneumonia, secondary bacterial infections, and other symptoms. If you're concerned that your dog is showing signs of canine influenza, see your veterinarian right away.
Unlike Bordetella, or kennel cough, which is a bacterial infection there is no "cure" for Dog Flu. However, your veterinarian can confirm the diagnosis and provide supportive care, helping to make your dog more comfortable as the virus runs its course.
It’s a good idea to wait in the car when at your veterinary clinic. Clinic staff may want to keep your dog isolated from other pets in the waiting room.
1. Crawford C, Spindel M. Canine influenza. In: Miller L, Hurley K, eds. Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters. Ames, IA: Wiley-Blackwell; 2009:173-180.
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