Huntingdon Valley Veterinary Hospital Treats Canine Influenza
What is Canine Influenza
Canine Influenza, or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by influenza Type A. In the United States, there are 2 known strains of the dog flu:
In most cases, unvaccinated dogs are susceptible to the disease by either virus. As a preventative measure, the best option to protect your canine friend against the flu is to vaccinate.
The signs of Canine Influenza are comparable to those of the human flu. You may notice your pup showing symptoms of a cough, fever, and runny nose. This disease has similar properties to other respiratory infections, such as Kennel Cough, and in many cases is misdiagnosed due to these similarities. To get an accurate assessment of your pet’s illness, please come to our hospital today for a checkup with one of our veterinarians.
How is Canine Influenza Spread?
Canine Influenza is easy to transmit, like the human flu. The virus is spread through respiratory secretions such as coughing and sneezing, through direct dog contact (sniffing and licking) and as well as through contaminated objects such as food, toys, and floors.
The duration of time for clinical signs to become noticeable in a dog is from 2 to 4 days. Dogs who have been exposed to the virus are more contagious during this incubation stage, making transmission to occur more rapidly.
The more your dog socializes with other dogs, the more of a risk your pup will be in of contracting the disease. Boarding Kennels and dog parks are among the more common places where your dog may come in contact with Canine Influenza.
As with many viral infections, treatment will largely fall on the nurturing part of you as the owner. It is vital to keep your dog hydrated, warm, on a clean diet, and above all away from other dogs. In more serious forms of the illness, dogs will develop a secondary respiratory infection, secreting a green mucus from their nose. The canine flu can potentially develop into pneumonia, and require hospitalization.
We carry a bivalent vaccine, which protects against both strains of Canine Influenza (H3N8 and H3N2). Vaccination can reduce the chance of your dog contracting the disease. As part of World of Animal’s protocol, all dogs must be vaccinated for this disease before they are admitted to our boarding hennel. To get more information about this vaccination, please call our World of Animals Bethayres location today.