It’s that time of year… you feel horrible, your kids are coughing, everyone seems like they just have a really bad cold or even worse the flu. As your family is fighting this virus that is swirling through your house, don’t forget your dog can get the flu too.
People have asked me "what are the signs and how will I know my dog has the flu?" Basically, the symptoms are the same as humans:
Symptoms may include:
Loss of appetite
Whose dog may get the flu?
Any dog may catch the flu but it tends to be prone to dogs that are exposed to multiple dogs. Dog parks, playgroups, kennels and dog day cares. Always keep your dog up to date with the kennel cough shot. Most facilities are now recommending every 6 months your dog receives this shot.
How serious is the flu to my dog and can my dog die from the
Well, like humans the flu and really make you feel miserable for a few days to a couple of weeks. Most of the time, with a visit to the vet and some extra tender loving care to your pooch your dog will recover quickly. Dogs that are not treated may have more complications. These secondary conditions, such as pneumonia could cause death if not treated. However, overall the death
rate from the flu in canines is quite low.
What do I do if I think my dog has the flu?
Call your vet immediately and make an appointment. The vet will do a complete examination and will recommend your dog get plenty of water and sleep. Your vet will also be taking precautions to prevent the flu from spreading into secondary conditions. He may recommend some supplements, medication to prevent bacterial infections and intravenous fluids to maintain hydration.
Most importantly if your dog has the flu, please remember quiet time, a nice tummy rub and a good bowl of chicken noodle soup will make your
dog feel much better!