Dog Flu Knows No Boundaries
This highly contagious disease began as an isolated episode of respiratory disease in one state, and has now become a nationwide health concern for all dogs.
Considerations For Your Pet
- Dogs have no natural immunity to Dog Flu because it is a newer virus.
- This virus is easily spread by mobile dogs, like rescue dogs or ones that travel and move with their owners. This is how Dog Flu has spread from state to state.
- Many dogs are boarded, go to daycare, or visit grooming facilities where close contact to other dogs puts them at high risk.
Dog Flu Spreads Easier When They're Social
- Direct contact: when dogs kiss, lick or nuzzle each other
- Through the air: from a cough or sneeze
- Contaminated objects: doggie bowls, toys, doorknobs or clothing
- Human touch: hands of pet owners, veterinary clinic staff or shelter workers
Prevention Keeps Them Safe
To keep pets safe, more pet care facilities are requiring Dog Flu vaccinations for all dogs, similar to requirements for Bordetella–another highly contagious pathogen that causes respiratory disease.
A recent survey of pet care business owners, including kennels, daycares, and groomers, showed that one out of four facilities requires a Dog Flu vaccination in addition to Bordetella vaccination.1