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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

2014 Flu Shots for Your Doggy? How Do I Know If My Dog Has Canine Influenza (Flu)?


Discovery of Canine Influenza  


Believe it or not, it seems that doggies are getting the flu too. Therefore, you may have to start getting your dog a flu shot too.

According to National Geographic, the strain of flu that dogs get (canine influenza) has actually just recently came about (in the last few years). It is a newly mutated virus that is believed to have evolved from a strain of influenza which affects horses. Now that it has mutated and jumped the species barrier, dogs are going to be at high risk for this illness.

How do you feel about this? If dog flu shots become as prevalent as the human flu shot, are you going to be investing in flu shots for your furry kids as well as soon as they are available? Or are you going to wait until you can decide for yourself whether they are safe for your pet or not?

Symptoms of Dog Influenza: How Do I Know if My Dog Has the Flu (Canine Influenza)?

If your dog seems to be becoming ill, it is not completely impossible that he or she may have contracted canine influenza. Just like people, puppies, elderly dogs, and canines with existing health issues are going to be more at risk when it comes to influenza outbreaks. Therefore, it is important to see the signs of illness and turn them around before it becomes too late. Here are the symptoms of dog influenza:


  1. Coughing and hacking often
  2. Becoming lethargic or fatigued
  3. Discharge of the nose

What Could Happen After Infection?

As you know, complications could occur if illness isn't taken care of promptly. Humans and dogs alike can develop pneumonia if they become infected with the flu. This complication can become deadly very quickly- so be sure to keep an eye out for this complication if you or your doggy come down with the flu. 

How Can I Prevent My Dog from Catching Canine Influenza?

If your dog spends most of its time in isolation from other's pets, then there might not be much for you to worry about. However, it is still possible the dog flu can be transmitted to them- especially if you play with other dogs throughout the day and carry the virus on your hands. These situations and potentially contagious places may signal the need for a canine influenza shot:
  • Doggy Daycare
  • Dog Boarding
  • Dog/Pet Sitting in Your Own Home
  • Dog Parks
  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Walking Dogs Who Live in Separate Homes Together
  • Getting a New Dog
  • Coming Into Contact with an Infected Dog (Then Passing Germs to Your Dog)
  • Spending Time at a Shelter (Such as When They Run Away & Get Caught)
  • Working Around Strange Dogs

Should I Get My Dog A Canine Influenza Vaccination Shot? Will It Help to Vaccinate My Dogs?

Yes! Vaccinating your dogs can be a huge help if any of the above bullet points applies to you or your family. Since the canine flu vaccine will work on your dog just as the human vaccine works on humans, it will help your doggy to become immune to the dog influenza virus. This will prevent future infection and keep your dogs safe, healthy, and happy, rather than sickly and miserable should they come into contact with the influenza bug.

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