How Can I Protect My Pet From Canine Influenza (Dog Flu)?

Canine influenza is a very contagious viral infection in dogs and sometimes cats. Infected dogs are shed the virus through their nasal secretions especially during the incubation period, which means they are not still showing any signs of infection. Almost all dogs that are exposed to the virus will acquire the infection. The mortality rate from dog flue is less than 10% but majority of dogs that have been infected will develop flu-like symptoms for about 2-3 weeks until they fully recover. 

Any dog that is showing signs of infection should be isolated; this is also true with dogs that have been exposed or suspected to have been exposed to a dog suffering from the infection. Isolation must be at least 1-3 weeks depending on the recommendation of your veterinarian. Since you are capable of transmitting the infection after handling an infected dog, always observe good hygiene and sanitation. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Kennels, toys, bedding, and other things that your dog uses should be washed and disinfected, if possible. Fortunately, the influenza virus can be killed with common household disinfectants. 

Ask your professional veterinarian Carolina Forest, SC about the vaccine that can protect your pet dog/s from being infected with canine influenza. 


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