Flu season has hit the U.S. pretty hard this year and we’re all on our guard. Thankfully most of us know what to do if we or a loved one should get it. The symptoms are common, and there’s plenty of over-the-counter medicines you can take to ease the pain.
But what many of us aren’t familiar with is dog flu. Did you know that your dog or cat could suffer a canine version of the flu? I had no idea!
Read on for some important information dog owners should know when it comes to canine flu.
“It’s a highly contagious virus affecting dogs and cats and even the most devoted dog owners could miss the symptoms,” according to animal experts in the video below.
There are two types of canine flu: mild and severe with mild showing symptoms of a cough and nasal discharge which will generally go away on its own and severe when dogs have a high fever which can develop into something more severe.
More and more states in the U.S. are showing cases of dog flu with Kentucky and Ohio being the most severe. The virus is spreading fast and it’s important to be vigilant when it comes to your pets!
While Kentucky and Ohio currently show the most active cases of dog flu, according to the video and the official dog flu website, nearly a dozen more states are popping up, indicating just how quickly the virus is spreading.
Just like the human flu, the canine flu is an airborne virus with many dogs catching it from dog parks.
It’s important that even the most vigilant dog owners keep an eye on their pups this particular season to help stop the spread of this nasty virus.
Experts advise pet owners to take their dogs to the vet if they are showing any signs of dog flu and if it is confirmed by an expert to keep their canine away from other dogs until they are well again.
Watch the video below for more top tips on the canine flu.
It’s so important that us dog owners are vigilant during flu season. Please share and help spread this important advice to other dog owners.
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