Does Your Dog Have Canine Influenza?
Did you know that dogs can get the flu too? No, I’m not talking about the same flu you or I can get, but about a Type A virus that’s currently being referred to as Canine Influenza Virus.
What is Canine Influenza Virus?
Canine Influenza Virus, otherwise known as CIV or H3N8, is a a virus that infects a dogs respiratory system and is proven to be highly contagious, amongst dogs.
However, DON’T PANIC! There has not been ONE (1) reported case of CIV being transmitted to humans.
How can you tell if your dog is infected?
Signs of CIV are similar to Kennel Cough.
- loss of appetite
- nasal discharge
- red or runny/weepy eyes
If you suspect your dog is sick and may have the flu:
- Immediately isolate the dog from other dogs and animals.
- Contact your Vet and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
There are a series of tests, including blood work, that can be used to see if the virus (CIV) is actually present.
Treatment of Canine Influenza Virus is similar to that of humans.
- medications, to include antibiotics
- plenty of fluids, to keep them hydrated
- isolation from other dogs and animals
Where can you find more information on CIV?
- First stop, your Veterinarian.
- One of my favorites, VeterinaryPartner.com. This site is highly recommended by my own Vet.
- CDC Centers for Disease control and Prevention, Key Facts about Canine Innfluenza (Dog Flu)
Brenda Lee is a contributor here and blogs at PibblesNMe about her dog Titan.