Sick as a Dog – The Dog Flu

Flu season is in the air. While we are laid in bed “sick as dogs,” don’t forget to watch out for your furry friends. Dog flu, or canine influenza, doesn’t always have symptoms but it can easily spread from dog to dog, especially if left untreated.

The Spread 

Dog Flu passes between dogs through virus particles in the air like coughing or sneezing or by physical contact, dog kisses, with other dogs. This disease is also transmitted indirectly through infected food bowls or toys and through human clothing if not properly cleaned.

What to Look For 

Dog Flu symptoms range in forms depending on the dog. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Continue Coughing
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Greenish Discharge from Nose and Eyes
  • Pneumonia

Prevention Techniques 

If your dog has shown any signs of Dog Flu infection, help prevent the spread by:

  • Keeping your dog at home and away from other dogs for at least three weeks.
  • Cleaning your dog’s toys, food and water bowls with soap and water.
  • Wash your clothing after exposure to infected dogs to avoid transmitting the infection.
  • Be aware of any information about outbreaks in your area.

For symptoms of Dog Flu, bring your pet to Aspen Grove’s Urgent Pet Care. Walk-ins are welcome; however, we strongly encourage you to call first so that we may prepare for your arrival. Call us at 970.416.0232 for immediate response. Our hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. through 8:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. through noon.

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