What is The Dog Flu?
What is The Dog Flu?
We know when our dogs are not feeling well. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy for us to figure it out. When our pups become lethargic and lose their appetites we know something isn’t right. So how can we tell if it’s the dog flu?
Dog flu — or canine influenza — is an infection caused by one of two virus strains: H3N2 and H3N8. Of the two, H3N2 is more commonly seen in pets in the U.S. Furthermore, it is thought that the H3N2 strain came from Asia. Possibly originating as the Avian Flu which was transferred to a dog.
Dog Flu Symptoms
Similarly, the Dog flu, like the Human flu, hits the respiratory system causing such symptoms:
- A runny nose
- Watery eyes
- A sore throat
- High fever
- Loss of appetite
Unfortunately, unlike humans, our dogs won’t be able to tell us how bad he or she is feeling. Worse yet, it’s symptoms may not go noticed for some time.
Animal experts say to watch your dog for changes in behavior. If your normally hyper dog seems lethargic or starts skipping meals, it’s time to take a closer look.
What to do if our dog has the flu:
1.) Don’t panic! Dog flu has a low mortality rate and is treatable! Dog flu, when treated properly, will usually go away in 10-30 days.
2.) Call your vet and speak to them about treatment – depending on the stage and severity of the sickness the vet may prescribe antibiotics.
>> Make sure your dog’s water isn’t carrying bacteria with Go Pure Pet Water Filter
4.) Quarantine – to prevent your dog from catching another disease or cold while their immune system is low and fighting the flu its best to keep their play dates and dog visits for when they get better.
Prevent and Protect:
Here are the top 4 keys to help protect and prevent your dog from getting the dog flu:
4.) Vaccinate dogs to appropriately fight against both CIV (H3N8) and H3N2. If you live in an area or are traveling to a region with a known CIV or H3N2 outbreak, consider vaccinating your dogs immediately. If you do not know if CIV or H3N2 is in your area, contact your veterinarian.
3.) Limit Exposure: Limit dog-to-dog direct contact, especially nose-to-mouth contact. This doesn’t mean you stop the playdates all together just be aware.
2.) Groom your dog regularly: Basic washing and bathing with soap and water seem effective at inactivating the virus.
>> Our favorite shampoo is King Kanine All Natural De-Shedding Shampoo
1.) Keep your dog healthy: The best prevention method is a strong immune system. Just like humans proper diet and exercise play an important role in your dog’s overall health.
I recommend Smack Pet Food it has all the benefits of the raw diet with the easy scoop and the convenience of kibble!
Please send in any questions you have to me directly. Sam@waggles.com I hope your dog much health!