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Dog Flu Update

photo of dog with an ice bag on its head | dog fluThe recent dog flu outbreak has definitely caused some concern for a lot of local pet owners. It is a highly contagious virus that has now been reported in a number of different states. This means that all dogs are at risk. Here are some valuable tips to help keep your own dog safe from canine influenza.

Dog Flu Signs and Symptoms

If your dog is dealing with a mild case of canine influenza, expect to notice respiratory symptoms such as coughing and a runny nose. Decreased energy is yet another common sign of the dog flu. Within a period of 15-30 days, your dog should be able to fully recover. According to the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, the overwhelming majority of dog flu cases are not fatal.

On the other hand, a severe bout of the dog flu demands immediate attention. Waiting too long to seek treatment could lead to pneumonia. Be on the lookout for symptoms such as a high fever and bloody coughs. The best approach is to have your dog examined by Whitworth Animal Clinic. In the event that a secondary bacterial infection is detected, Charles Whitworth, D.V.M. may prescribe an antibiotic.

How Does the Dog Flu Spread?

Dogs that are regularly exposed to other dogs are far more likely to catch this virus. From sharing toys to simply touching noses, there are plenty of different ways to get infected with the dog flu. Places, such as dog parks and grooming salons, are obviously hot spots for canine influenza.

How Can You Help Prevent the Dog Flu?

While the dog flu is not 100 percent preventable, there are some effective ways to keep it at bay. Be especially careful about taking your dog to certain facilities. If you’ve heard about a particular dog flu outbreak, don’t hesitate to keep your pet at home. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also approved a vaccine for the dog flu. However, you will first need to speak with a veterinarian to determine if a flu shot is recommend for your dog.

Located in Madison, Whitworth Animal Clinic proudly serves the entire North Alabama area. If your pet is dealing with symptoms related to canine influenza, be sure to contact the clinic as soon as possible. We provide a variety of important pet services, including emergency care and vaccinations. You can always count on Charles Whitworth, D.V.M. to provide expert treatment.

*This article does not take the place of professional veterinarian advice. Please call Whitworth Animal Clinic if you have questions or a vet practice in your area.

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