Protecting Your Dog Against Canine Influenza (Dog Flu)

How do you guard against a contagious viral disease such as canine influenza? The condition is notoriously easy to transmit – a simple sneeze or cough containing nasal secretions is enough to catch the virus, which may seem harmless during the incubation period. Pets exposed to the virus almost always get the infection; however, the mortality rate is just 10%. Infected dogs are easily spotted with flu-like symptoms and will usually be ill for 2-3 weeks.

The first action should be to isolate an infected pet to avoid further transmission. Isolate pets even if they are not yet showing any signs but have nonetheless been exposed to the virus from other animals. Isolation can run anywhere between 1-3 weeks, depending on the veterinarian’s recommendation. Remember that you can also become a carrier of the virus, so to avoid any transmission to other pets, never forget to disinfect and practice good hygiene. Soap and water is the best way to go. Make sure that you clean and disinfect all of your pet’s things – kennels, toys, bedding, and other pet-related stuff.

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