Can Dogs get The Flu Virus?
Can dogs get the flu virus? Unfortunately, just like humans, dogs can be impacted by the flu, or Canine Influenza. First identified in 2004, the flu for dogs infects their respiratory system and can be extremely contagious. While some dogs are able to fight off the infection, it’s a good idea to seek treatment if you are worried your dog may be impacted.
In general, pets that are juvenile, geriatric, or have a history of immune diseases will be more likely to contract canine influenza. Areas such as boarding facilities or dog parks can also be breeding grounds for these types of diseases, so be wary if your dog is sick and has been in those situations. Because of the contagious nature of the disease, direct interaction and exposure to bodily secretions of other dogs can sometimes be a carrier. If you are going to be in these types of situations, it makes sense to talk to your Dallas vet to get the canine influenza vaccine.
Dog Flue Symptoms and Treatment
There are different types of dog flu symptoms and treatment, so observe to see the exact symptoms your dog has. General symptoms include things such as coughing, sneezing, lethargic behavior, and a loss of appetite. Your dog may have red or runny eyes, or a runny nose.
Mild cases often include a cough that is usually moist and contains nasal discharge. More severe cases will include a high fever (above 104 degrees Fahrenheit), and symptoms will develop very quickly. Your dog may cough up blood or have trouble breathing, and dogs may also contract bacterial pneumonia at the same time.
How to Treat Dog Flu? The Shot Spot can Help!
If you are worried your dog may be infected with canine influenza, be sure to seek veterinarian care to get help. Your vet will want to do a physical, as well as perform a series of blood tests to confirm the influenza. They may also want to do an x-ray of the lungs, and/or use a bronchoscope to see the trachea and larger bronchi. This can help them determine what they are dealing with, as well as to decide how to treat the dog flu.
If it is a mild case, symptoms generally last anywhere from 10 to 30 days, and usually go away on their own. If there is a secondary infection, your vet may recommend cough suppressants or antibiotics. Either way, it’s important for your dog to get rest and to remain away from other dogs during this time.
If it is a serious case of influenza, it should be treated aggressively, often with a wide range of antibiotics, fluids, and other treatments as recommended by your veterinarian. Until your dog is stable, they may need to be hospitalized, and they will definitely need to be isolated from other dogs.
If you are worried your dog may have canine influenza, or you want to get pet vaccinations, contact The Shot Spot today. We are a full-service pet hospital in addition to being a mobile vet in Dallas. Caring for your pet is our highest priority!