Flu Shots: Due to the recent outbreak of canine influenza in the Birmingham area, we thought we would provide a little bit more information about the virus.
What Is Canine Influenza?
Canine influenza is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs. It is also referred to as “Dog Flu” To date, there is no evidence of the spread of canine influenza viruses from dogs to people and there has not been one single reported case of human infection with canine influenza.
The main symptoms are:
- Runny Nose
- Eye Discharge
- Reduce Appetite
Although these are common, some dogs can be asymptomatic, if your dog has boarded at any of the facilities reporting Canine Influenza or Kennel Cough outbreaks please reach out to your veterinarian.
If you spot any of these symptoms in your dog, you must avoid socializing your dog
(do not take them to daycare) for at least 14 days!
Is Canine Influenza The Same As Kennel Cough?
Not quite, however, they are very similar! Both Canine Influenza and Kennel Cough are highly contagious respiratory infections in dogs. Kennel Cough is a term used to describe multiple viruses or bacterial infections. Viruses under this umbrella term include Bordatella, Parainfluenza, and Adenovirus-2.
Canine Influenza, however, is caused by two specific virus strains. Neither of which are contagious to humans. It is hard to distinguish the difference between the two, so please seek out medical advice from your veterinarian if you pet exhibits any of the above symptoms.
Is Canine Influenza Dangerous?
Canine Influenza can be fatal to your furry friend. Although there is no current “cure”, your veternarian can help alleviate your dogs symptoms.
This virus is highly contagious and is spread easily among dogs in boarding facilities, daycares and shelters.
How Can I Prevent My Dog From Getting Canine Influenza?
The best way to prevent the spread of this virus is to get your pet vaccinated (flu shots) against canine influenza by your veterinarian. Call us today to schedule your dog’s flu shot!