It’s flu season—and not just for humans. Yes, dogs have their own version of the flu, and it’s called Canine Influenza. It’s highly contagious and can be transmitted by infected dogs prior to them showing any symptoms. That’s why getting the Canine Influenza Vaccine is so important.
Typically, Canine Influenza is airborne, passed by dog to dog contact, or via people’s hands or clothing.
Canine Influenza: What to Look For
Symptoms are similar to the common respiratory syndrome known as Canine Cough. You might also see nasal discharge, high fever and other signs that appear as if your dog has a cold. Studies indicate that 80-90 percent of those exposed will contract the virus even if they don’t show symptoms. It’s almost impossible to totally prevent any dog from being exposed.
Approximately 20 percent of the dogs may exhibit additional symptoms such as:
- Loss of appetite
- And potentially Pneumonia (if not treated)
The dogs most at risk are dogs exposed to places where there are many animals like parks, dog parks, pet stores, dog shows, doggie daycare or boarding. The virus is similar to flu in people where it is the very young and the old that are most severely affected.
Is My Dog at Risk?
There are no current reports of Canine Influenza in New Jersey that we’re aware of, however, there have been cases reported in other states. With the social nature of our pets today, it is always a good idea to be prepared by keeping your pet’s vaccinations updated.
The best way to treat Canine Influenza is to prevent severe symptoms with the specialized vaccination. We strive for nothing but the best for you and your pup; this is why we require the Canine Influenza vaccine. Your pet’s health and happiness is our number one priority and we will continue to be a leader in the pet care industry to give your pets the best possible care during their time at Morris Animal Inn. Your dog will thank you when he can continue to play while his friends in the neighborhood may be at home sick in bed!