Canine influenza (also known as dog flu) is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by specific Type A influenza viruses known to infect dogs. These are called “canine influenza viruses.” No human infections with canine influenza have ever been reported.
Can canine influenza viruses infect humans?
To date, there is no evidence of transmission of canine influenza viruses from dogs to people and there has not been a single reported case of human infection with a canine influenza virus.
What are signs of canine influenza infection in dogs?
The signs of this illness in dogs are cough, runny nose, fever, lethargy, eye discharge, and reduced appetite, but not all dogs will show signs of illness. The severity of illness associated with canine flu in dogs can range from no signs to severe illness resulting in pneumonia and sometimes death.
Most dogs recover within 2 to 3 weeks. However, some dogs may develop secondary bacterial infections which may lead to more severe illness and pneumonia. Anyone with concerns about their pet’s health, or whose pet is showing signs of canine influenza, should contact their veterinarian.
How serious is canine influenza infection in dogs?
The percentage of dogs infected with this disease that die is very small. Some dogs have asymptomatic infections (no signs of illness), while some have severe infections. Severe illness is characterized by the onset of pneumonia.
How is canine influenza spread?
Almost all dogs are susceptible to canine flu infection, and illness tends to spread among dogs housed in kennels and shelters. Canine flu can spread to other dogs by aerosolized respiratory secretions (coughing and sneezing) from infected dogs, by uninfected dogs coming into contact with contaminated objects, and by moving contaminated objects or materials between infected and uninfected dogs. Therefore, dog owners whose dogs are coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease should not expose their dog to other dogs. Clothing, equipment, surfaces, and hands should be cleaned and disinfected after exposure to dogs showing signs of respiratory disease.
Is there a test for canine influenza?
Testing to confirm canine influenza virus infection in dogs is available. Your veterinarian can tell you if testing is appropriate.
How is canine influenza infection in dogs treated?
Treatment largely consists of supportive care. This helps the dog mount an immune response. In the milder form of the disease, this care may include medication to make your dog more comfortable and fluids to ensure that your dog remains well-hydrated. Broad spectrum antibiotics may be prescribed by your veterinarian if a secondary bacterial infection is suspected.
Is there a vaccine for canine influenza?
Vaccines are available in the United States for both the H3N8 and H3N2 strains of canine influenza. Your veterinarian can provide you with additional information about the vaccines and whether you should consider vaccinating your dog.
My dog has a cough. What should I do?
Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian so they can evaluate your dog and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. And communicate to your groomers, trainers, and Professional Dog Mom or any other dog nanny, sitter, or walker that may have come into contact with your dog in the last week.
What is Professional Dog Mom doing to prevent the spread of canine influenza?
We are learning everything we can about this virus, remaining in constant communication with local vets, and being overly attentive with all of our clients. On walks, we are taking extra precautions when interacting with other dogs and openly communicating with other pet owners. We have always and will continue to diligently use hand sanitizers between visits and wash our hands when ever possible. We also use pet rollers to minimize the amount of dog hair we carry and transport with us from client to client. Please don't hesitate to call if you have any questions or would like to discuss any concerns.
Professional Dog Mom - the K9 Nannies
P.O. Box 7837
Reno, NV 89510
We're not just walkers or sitters. We're Nannies, taking care of your furry family while you can't. Just like a traditional nanny, except for dogs. We provide peace of mind for your dogs while providing peace of mind to you too. We focus on creating bonds by stepping in as the surrogate parent, mimicking the routine you've established, and minimizing the impact and stress on your doggie babbies. We're passionate in our approach to animal care and we're professional at every level. We value the comfort we provide to dog owners while providing exceptional care for their furry family members.