So I learned something new today, that dogs (like humans) can catch the flu. Apparently, there’s a vaccine that they can get also.
It’s incredible to think that dog flu is a real thing. And it’s as infectious in dogs as it is in humans this time of year. Although, the human strain is different than the ones for dogs and cats.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious viral infection affecting dogs and also cats,” and it’s increasing among the pet population this season.
According to the AVMA dog flu is also spread through the air. Veterinarians say the flu shot is effective and recommend owners to vaccinate their dogs.
It’s really easy for pet owners to misdiagnose the flu as just a lazy dog day. Symptoms to watch out for are similar to humans: a runny nose, fever, lethargy, sneezing and coughing.
“Your pet might be at risk if you frequent dog parks, board your dog, go to the groomer or use pet daycare,” Dr. Phillip Brown, a veterinarian in Springfield, Missouri, told NBC affiliate KWQC.
But don’t stop having your playtime with your puppies. The dog flu has been around for many years and is rarely deadly and cannot be transmitted to humans.