Signs Your Dog May Have The Flu

June 11, 2018

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Veterinarians are concerned over the highly contagious dog flu that is spreading like wildfire. Cases were reported in every state in the in the continental US with both strains of canine influenza active in Florida. Like the human flu virus, the dog flu spreads through bodily fluids that are released into the air via a sneeze or cough or by touching objects or surfaces that have been contaminated. The dog flu virus can live in the environment for two days. Dogs that spend a lot of time around other dogs, in dog parks, kennels, shelters, groomers or veterinary clinics are the most likely to contract the illness. Just like the flu that affects humans, the symptoms of the dog flu hit the respiratory system causing coughing, a runny nose, watery eyes and a sore throat. It's also usually accompanied by a high fever and loss of appetite. But unlike with humans, your dog won't be able to tell you how bad she is feeling, and you may not notice the symptoms right away. Animal experts say to watch your dog for changes in behavior. If your normally hyper dog seems lethargic or if your pup who is usually enthusiastic about eating starts skipping meals, it's time to take a closer look. You can keep track of your dog's temperature by placing a thermometer under their armpit, or for a more accurate reading, in their backside. According to the American Kennel Club the normal range for a dog's temperature should be between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Seek out your vet if your dog is showing signs of the flu as it can e especially dangerous for older and younger dogs as well as dog that are already sick. The best treatment is prevention. Keep sick dogs isolated and be sure to wash your hands after handing a sick dog or a dog you don't know their status as the virus can live on your hands and clothing for up to a day. There is also a dog flu vaccine available.  Ask your vet to see if your dog could benefit from it. 

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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