Dog Flu-It’s not just a lick. It’s a pathway to a highly contagious disease

Dog Flu-It’s not just a lick. It’s a pathway to a highly contagious disease

How is Dog Flu Spread?

Dog Flu spreads the same way as the common cold for human. However, the dog flu is not seasonal like the human influenza A and B viruses. Dog flu viruses are most commonly spread through:

Direct contact: (sniffing, licking or nuzzling)

The air: (coughing or sneezing)

Contaminated surfaces: (shared water/food bowls and toys or human hands and clothing where the virus is present)

Where could my dog catch Dog Flu?

The more your dog socializes with other dogs, the higher the risk of contracting dog flu and other infectious respiratory diseases.

Are certain dogs at greater risk for infection?

Dog Flu can be threat to any dog regardless of age or health status. However, certain activities can raise your dog’s risk of infection.

Assess your dog’s risk:

Does your dog…

*Visit doggie daycare?

*Board at a boarding facility or pet hotel?

*Attend training classes?

*Play at dog parks?

*Participate in dog-friendly events?

*Attend dog shows or sporting events?

*Visit a groomer or the local pet store?

*Often greet other dogs during walks?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, your social dog is at risk.

What are the clinical signs of Dog Flu?

Most cases of dog flu are mild. However, up to 20% of infected dogs can have a moderate to severe form of illness.

The common clinical signs of dog flu are:

*Coughing and retching


*Nasal and/or ocular discharge

*Decreased appetite


In some cases, dogs may run a fever and demonstrate signs of depression. High fever and pneumonia may be seen in more severe cases. These clinical signs can last from a few days to several weeks depending on the severity of the disease.

What is a Dog Flu?

Dog Flu is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by canine influenza virus. There are currently two strains of dog flu affecting dogs in the United States. H3N8 and H3N2.

How can I protect my dog?

Because dog flu is a relatively new virus, most unvaccinated dogs are susceptible to infection by both viruses. The best protection against dog flu is vaccination. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Guidelines, last updated in 2017, recommend that dogs at risk be vaccinated against both strains.

Should your dog be vaccinated against dog flu?

Your veterinarian is the best source of information regarding the health of your dog. Discuss your dog’s risk and the dog flu vaccination with your veterinarian today.

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Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from pamphlet and I give them full credit on this information. Please call or email the above  numbers for more information.



About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Dog Flu-It’s not just a lick. It’s a pathway to a highly contagious disease

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call the above number or email them for more information.

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