your neighbor may not Only person infected with flu this season D-FW — Veterinarians say your dog can get the canine flu.
Canine flu tends to originate in pockets, and the virus can be highly contagious at the local level, said Lori Teller, a clinical associate professor at Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. increase.
“It’s not that common across the United States, but if it were to occur in an area like a shelter in Dallas or more recently Waco, many dogs could be infected,” Teller said.
Teller added that canine flu is likely on the rise as more people go out with their dogs. became less sexual.
Everything you need to know about canine flu, including what it looks like, how it spreads, and what to do if your dog gets it.
Canine influenza is a disease that attacks the cells of a dog’s respiratory tract. According to local no-kill shelters, Operation Kindness.
Like human flu, canine flu is spread through respiratory droplets, such as sniffing or licking other dogs or objects. Infected dogs can also transmit the virus by barking, coughing, and sneezing.
“It’s easy to spread among dogs because dogs do almost everything with their noses and mouths,” says Teller.
Infection can remain in the environment for up to 48 hours, including on surfaces and clothing.
But unlike regular flu, which spikes in fall and winter, canine flu is not considered a seasonal virus. Infections in dogs can occur at any time of the year, and most occur in places where dogs congregate, such as dog parks, dog day care centers, and boarding houses.
Additionally, while all dogs are susceptible to the flu, younger and older dogs are more likely to get the disease, Teller said.
The virus is not fatal, but canine flu can develop into more serious health complications, Teller said. less than
Canine flu can infect cats, but not humans. According to the CDCthere have been no reports of contracting canine flu.
Dogs with the flu can be sluggish and disinterested in playing and interacting with people, Teller said. Other main symptoms include coughing and sneezing.
“They may look like they’re in pain,” she added. “You may feel pain or discomfort, like when you’re trying to get up.”
Symptoms can last 1-3 weeks, but it usually takes 7-10 days for the disease to clear up. It takes about two days for a dog to develop symptoms, and owners may not realize their dog is infected until it’s too late.
Some of the signs of canine flu overlap with another upper respiratory disease known as kennel cough, so it’s important to see a veterinarian to have your dog examined to determine the best treatment.
With no cure for canine flu, veterinarians may treat symptoms by recommending antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, or increased fluid intake. by kindness tactics.
The best way to protect your dog from flu is to get the canine flu vaccine. Owners who have dogs on a regular basis should consider asking their veterinarian for vaccinations, Teller said.
Other precautions include cleaning common spaces and surfaces, washing bedding, and disinfecting dog toys and bowls.
Humans don’t get the flu from dogs, but the virus can be passed from dog to dog. To prevent transmission, owners should practice good hygiene and change clothing after contact with a potentially infected dog.