The canine influenza virus, or rather dog flu, is a nasty respiratory disease that is quite contagious. Yet, since canine influenza is still relatively new, not many dogs have been exposed to it. This means that canines of all ages, breed and vaccine status are susceptible to such an infection. This makes it imperative to know what symptoms to look for in your dog and what actions to take in such cases of the canine influenza virus. At the Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro, our veterinary services and caring staff are able to help your pet stay healthy, while keeping you fully informed along the way.
Canine Influenza Symptoms & Contagions
The canine influenza virus is caused by specific Type A influenza viruses. There are several symptoms for this often-called dog flu, including minor issues such as sneezing , coughing and nasal discharge that progresses from clear to yellowish-green, to more severe issues such as a varying fever, difficulties breathing, lethargy and loss of appetite.
Dogs often catch the canine influenza virus by simply being near a large amount of other dogs that already have the dog flu. Although the canine influenza virus is quite contagious for dogs, there are no known cases of humans having such a virus. Still, it is important for both you and your pet to take the proper steps to remain in good health together.
Identify, Diagnose & Treat Immediately
Once you have identified the illness in your pet, and after your vet properly diagnoses the virus, the treatment for you pup can begin. TREAT… Seeking treatment immediately upon recognizing symptoms is imperative for avoiding further complications. When quickly diagnosed and treated, with no other complications, fatality from the canine influenza virus itself is rare. Death from the virus is usually only due to additional complications such as a pneumonia.
If your pet is showing any signs of the canine influenza virus, call our animal dogtor at the Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro immediately to schedule an appointment or for more information on how to identify, diagnose and treat the canine influenza Virus. At the Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro, our veterinary services and caring staff are able to help your pet remain healthy, while keeping you fully informed along the way.