It’s Flu Season for Dogs
Have you gotten your flu shot? It is the start of flu season and a lot of people are starting to stock up on tissues and chicken soup. With kids in school and people back to work, we may have a real flu season this year. Did you know that it is not just you that is at risk for the flu? Your dog can get it too. For dogs, it is called the canine influenza virus (CIV).
CIV is a contagious virus that is transmitted through droplets that travel through the air, like from coughing or sneezing. Remember that scene in Outbreak at the theater when the guy coughs and germs fly through the theater? It’s like that…but with dogs. There are two strains of CIV affecting dogs in the US and depending on which one a dog gets they can shed the virus for up to three to four weeks.
Symptoms of CIV
- nasal discharge, like a runny nose
- mild fever
- pneumonia (in severe cases)
Some dogs that get CIV can remain asymptomatic.
The good thing is that vaccines are available at some vet clinics. If you are interested in a CIV vaccine call your veterinarian to see if they have any available.
If you notice dogs with symptoms, keep your dog away from them. If you are in contact with other dogs, make sure all your regular shots are up to date by coming into our walk-in shot clinic.