Hey friends! This month we are talking to clients about canine influenza, or the dog flu. We recommend that all dogs at risk receive this vaccine annually. Dogs that have contact with other dogs through a boarding facility, grooming, dog parks or nose-to-nose on walks are good candidates for this vaccination.
The most common symptoms of the dog flu are similar to other respiratory diseases, with cough, runny nose, and fever. The dog flu is easy to transmit and can survive on surfaces up to 48 hours. Canine influenza poses no threat to humans, however in rare cases it can be transmitted to felines. If your pet is experiencing these symptoms or you are concerned about your pet’s exposure risks, give us a call to schedule an exam with the doctor. Until next time friends!