Dogs Can Catch the Flu?

Canine Influenza in Milton and Quincy

Like much of the rest of the country, we’re seeing a rise in canine influenza here in Milton, Quincy, Dorchester, and the surrounding communities. This disease, which is also known as the dog flu, was originally found only in greyhounds who were housed in race track facilities. In the past few years it has spread throughout the canine community, and every breed of dog is now susceptible to it. Here at the Willard Veterinary Clinic, we’re committed to testing for canine influenza and caring for your dog if she contracts this virus.

Our Pet Services Pinpoint Canine Influenza

Canine influenza is difficult for dog owners to diagnose. It can look like other respiratory problems such as kennel cough because the same symptoms-fever, runny nose, persistent cough and lack of energy-are common in both. Here at the Willard Veterinary Clinic, we can test your pet to diagnose true cases of dog flu.

Dorchester pet services include vaccine for canine influenza

The dog flu virus, known as H3N8, is similar to the swine flu virus, H1N1 in human beings, but it’s not transferrable to people. Dogs can easily give it to other dogs, however, and it can be fatal in just under 10 percent of the patients.

If your dog does develop canine influenza, don’t panic. Like with human beings, a doctor’s care is a valuable step toward a full recovery in any disease. We can prescribe pet meds to help your dog get through the dog flu easier without him developing secondary respiratory infections.

If your dog comes into contact regularly with other dogs, such as at dog parks, pet shows, kennels or groomers, it’s advisable for her to get a canine influenza vaccine. Our pet services include dog vaccinations, and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment to protect your dog with a quick influenza vaccine.
Have you been able to escape the human flu this season? Do you have any tricks for keeping you and your family well?

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