No one likes getting the flu, not even our precious fur babies. When dealing with any kind of sickness in dogs, especially canine influenza, you have many questions. As your trusted veterinarian, Long Beach, CA, residents can trust their dog is in excellent hands at our animal hospital. Learn more about canine influenza, and don’t hesitate to call our Cats and Dogs Animal Hospital team if you have any questions.

Canine Influenza Tips and Information

So, what is the dog flu? It’s an infectious respiratory disease from the Influenza A virus, which is similar to the type of flu humans get diagnosed with. For canine influenza, there are two strains: H3N8 and H3N2.

How Does It Spread?

Similar to how humans get the flu, dog flu is airborne. They spread when other dogs cough, bark, or sneeze, which is then inhaled by another dog. It can also spread through contaminated objects, such as water bowls, kennel surfaces, and collars, as well as from direct contact with people who have direct contact with a dog that was infected.

How Long Are Dogs Infected?

The incubation period is about two to four days from your dog’s first exposure to the virus. Shedding then begins decreasing after the fourth day, but dogs with H3N8 will remain contagious for 10 days after exposure and up to 26 days with dogs with H3N2.

What Are the Symptoms?

If you’re concerned about any sickness in dogs, watch out for the following symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal Discharge
  • Runny Eyes
  • Fever
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Lethargy

How Is Canine Influenza Treated?

The dog flu requires a visit to a veterinarian’s office for treatment. While there’s no clue, your vet will discuss the best ways to keep your pup comfortable during this time. Treatment and care could include fluids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication to help with any fevers.

Schedule an Appointment at Our Veterinary Office Today!

If you have questions about preventing disease in dogs, pet vaccinations, or feel your dog has canine influenza, contact our animal hospital to speak with a veterinarian in Long Beach, CA, at 562-439-4228. Cats and Dogs Animal Hospital is here to help treat your dog so he’s back to his old self again!

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