23 Jan 2018 Outbreak of Canine Flu on the Rise
If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you’re probably aware of the recent outbreak of canine flu in states like California and Arizona. Just like the human flu, canine flu is a serious issue that requires your attention in order to prevent and treat it. While the majority of cases are on the west coast, there have been reports of canine flu in at least 46 different states. This strain of the flu is highly contagious and is easily spread from dog to dog.
If you haven’t already gotten your furry friend vaccinated, you should talk to your vet about it as soon as possible. Vaccines are the only sure way to prevent your dog from getting seriously ill and even dying due to the canine flu. By keeping a close eye on your dog, watching out for symptoms, and knowing how to treat them, you can help keep your dog healthy during this flu outbreak. Keep reading for tips on the symptoms of canine flu and what to do if your dog gets it.
What Symptoms to be on the Lookout for
Symptoms of the canine flu are very similar to symptoms of the human flu. Here is what to look out for:
- Odd behavior
- Lethargy, weakness
If you see any of all of these symptoms in your pet, it’s likely that they’ve caught the canine flu. 80 percent of all dogs who come into contact with the flu will catch it. If your pet has been around other dogs lately whether in a boarding service, groomers, dog park, or just outside and is showing signs of these symptoms, talk to your vet and they can diagnose your pup.
When to Take Your Dog to the Vet
If your pet’s symptoms seem to worsen or you think that they may have a severe case of the flu, it’s always better to be safe than sorry and take them to the vet. Watch your dog’s symptoms to see if they become severe, or last longer than a few days. Your vet is able to perform a blood test to see if your dog has the flu and provide the proper treatment to help ease your pet’s symptoms. They will also give you some tips and advice on how to care for your pet at home. Remember that your pet is highly contagious even after they stop showing symptoms, so keep them away from other dogs whenever possible.
How to Care for a Sick Pet
If your pet has the canine flu, the best thing you can do for them is give them lots of water to keep them hydrated and make sure they get plenty of rest. Make them as comfortable as possible by setting up blankets and a bed in a low, warm and quiet area where they can get the rest they need. Avoid any activities while your pet is sick like taking them on walks or active playtime. It’s also important to keep them inside and away from other dogs, so you may have to cancel any plans or appointments like boarding, groomers, or play dates. With rest and support, your pet’s symptoms should start to die down in a few days to a week. If their symptoms worsen or last longer than a week, consult your vet right away.
For more tips on keeping your pet healthy, check out our blog post “How to Keep Your Pet Healthy and Active this Winter.”