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Dogs Can Get The Flu Too! (Video)

Recent flu outbreaks have not just been limited to humans. Dogs are very susceptible to a strain of the flu as well and almost 100% of dogs that are newly exposed will contract the virus. The dog-specific strain poses no threat to humans but is very contagious amongst canines. Several states have seen outbreaks in the last couple months including New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Colorado. Dogs can be protected from the virus with two flu vaccinations administered two weeks apart.

Canine influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that became recognized around 2004-2005 when greyhound racing dogs began dying en masse. The symptoms are typically a cough, runny nose and fever, however, a small proportion of dogs can develop severe disease. If your dog is experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms you should obtain a veterinary diagnosis. Treatment usually consists of supportive care and/or antibiotics. Vaccination of course is the best preventative method. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that dogs that are in frequent contact with other dogs be vaccinated against canine influenza to help prevent the spread of the disease. If your dog stays at a kennel or goes to a dog camp or dog park on a regular basis, he/she is at a much higher risk for contracting the disease.

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