Dog Flu: 6 Reasons You May Want to Vaccinate Your Dog

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Dog FluDog flu, or canine influenza virus (CIV), a respiratory infection that is highly contagious can spread like wildfire through your dog’s day care or at your dog park, and it infects your dog with flulike symptoms such as sneezing and a nasal discharge and in the worst case your dog can develop deadly pneumonia if you don’t take immediate action.

This article will help you recognize the signs of canine influenza so you don’t wait too long to isolate your dog before there are further complications.  Dogs of any age or breed are susceptible to contracting canine influenza.  Note that CIV is not a seasonal infection and it can attack your dog all year.  The good news is CIV isn’t contagious for people.

3 Most Common Places Where Dog Flu Occurs

  1. Sheltering facilities
  2. Foster homes
  3. Rescue and adoption centers

Transmission of CIV happens when infected dogs cough and sneeze.  Canine influenza virus contaminates the surfaces in a kennel, water and food dishes, leashes and collars as well as people’s clothes and hands when they handle infected dogs.

CIV can remain on surfaces for 48 hours, clothing for 24 hours and on hands for 12 hours.  This means that the virus can be carried home on people’s clothes and hands where other dogs can become infected.

You can kill the CIV virus by washing your hands, clothes and surfaces with soap and warm water.

4 Dog Flu Symptoms

  1. Fever
  2. Persistent Cough
  3. Sneezing
  4. Nasal Discharge

Even though 20% of the dogs who are exposed to CIV don’t become ill, almost all dogs that are exposed become infected.

CIV destroys the tissue barriers in your dog’s respiratory tract that normally protects your dog from bacterial infections.  It takes 3-4 weeks for your dog’s tissue barriers to regenerate.

The mortality rate for CIV is very low, but if your dog develops pneumonia it can be life-threatening and could require your dog to be hospitalized for intravenous fluids and antibiotics.

Best Strategy to Manage a Dog Flu (CIV) Outbreak

  • Remove your sick dog from the infected environment and other dogs for 14 days
  • Isolate your exposed dog from the environment and other dogs for 14 days
  • Wash all clothes and surfaces with non-toxic disinfectant 
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water

  U.S. States Where Canine Influenza is Most Prevalent

  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

6 Reasons You May Want to Vaccinate Your Dog

  1. You recently adopted your dog from a shelter or kennel
  2. You board your dog or you take your dog to a groomer
  3. You take your dog to puppy classes, dog training or other group dog sessions
  4. You moved from or traveled to a state that has high incidence of canine influenza
  5. You take your dog to dog parks or your dog plays with non-family member dogs routinely
  6. You take your dog to dog events, shows, competitions, and agility 

These dog flu tips will prepare you with the steps to minimize the pain and suffering your dog may go through if your dog is exposed or infected with CIV.  Now you know the  right steps to keep your dog healthy so you can avoid the extra expense of caring for your sick dog.

Share this article with your friends and family so they will know how to minimize the effects of canine influenza on their dogs so they avoid extra expenses and keep their dogs healthy.  You can expect the best dog health strategies from Dog Health News.

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