Canine influenza is creeping its way around the Triangle and many dog owners are getting nervous.
Recently, Dr. Pearce had the opportunity to talk to WRAL about this highly contagious virus and how you can be proactive in protecting your dogs.
What Leesville Animal Hospital Wants You to Know About Canine Influenza
Dr. Pearce recently talked with local station WRAL about the need for Raleigh dog owners to be proactive in their guarding against the canine influenza virus which has begun making its rounds in the Triangle.
Today we want to cover a few tips to help you to protect your dogs against this rapidly spreading virus.
The Canine Influenza Vaccination
One of the best things that you can do for your dog to protect them against the canine influenza virus is to get them vaccinated.
We know that not everyone out there s “pro-vaccine” but when it comes to canine influenza, vaccination goes a long way in protecting your pup! Plus, vaccine reactions to the influenza vaccine are rare.
The canine influenza vaccination is available right now at Leesville Animal Hospital if you need to get your dog vaccinated just give us a call at 919-870-7000 and make an appointment to drop by!
What You Should Know About Canine Influenza
About the Disease
- Like the human influenza virus, canine influenza is highly contagious and can be spread by dogs even when they are asymptomatic.
- Canine flu is spread by secretions of infected animals and can be spread from dog to dog contact or by secretion transfer in the environment or on items of clothing.
- The death rate for dogs who have contracted canine influenza is between 3% and 8% but young dogs, senior dogs, and dogs with a compromised immune system are at a higher risk of complications from the virus.
Symptoms of Canine Flu
The symptoms of canine flu include:
- Runny nose
In some dogs from “at risk” populations, these symptoms can quickly develop into more serious health conditions such as pneumonia, difficulty breathing, and anorexia.
Preventative Measures Against Canine Influenza
In addition to the canine influenza virus, there are other steps you can take to keep your dog healthy during this time.
- Avoid common dog areas like dog parks where disease can spread quickly.
- If you come into contact with dogs that appear sick, make sure to wash thoroughly and change your clothes before coming into contact with your own dog.
- If your dog shows any sign of influenza contact your vet immediately but DO NOT walk directly into the clinic. Call ahead to arrange for entry to the clinic and immediate access to a room where your dog will not expose others to the virus.
- Care for your dog at home as you would for a human with influenza, give them plenty of fluids, rest, and a comfortable place to lie.
Worried That Your Dog is Showing Signs of Canine Influenza?
If you are worried that your dog is already showing signs of canine flu, call us at (919)870-7000 and we can arrange for you to see one of our vets immediately.