It is highly contagious and easily spread from infected dogs to other dogs by direct contact, nasal secretions (through barking, coughing or sneezing), contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes), and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs.
Can humans get the flu from dogs?
In general, canine influenza viruses are thought to pose a low threat to people. To date, there is no evidence of spread of canine influenza viruses from dogs to people and there has not been a single reported case of human infection with a canine influenza virus in the U.S. or worldwide.
How long does canine influenza last?
Proper vaccination with both strains of the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) vaccine will require two initial sets of injections given two to four weeks apart, followed by a yearly booster. NOTE: YOUR PET IS NOT CONSIDERED PROTECTED FROM BOTH VIRUSES UNTIL A MINIMUM OF 14 DAYS AFTER THE SECOND INJECTION.
How common is the canine flu?
Canine influenza virus is not widespread in the dog population and many dogs have never been exposed to the virus. The morbidity rate (the number of exposed animals that develop disease) estimated at 80%. The mortality (death) rate is low; less than 10%. Deaths occur mainly in dogs with the severe form of disease.
What do you do when your dog has the flu?
Treatment. Just like people, dogs need rest and fluids, Kellogg says. Make sure your pet has a quiet, comfortable place to recover and plenty of water to drink. Your vet may prescribe antibiotics if your dog gets a bacterial infection along with the flu.
How do I know if my dog has flu?
Symptoms of Dog Flu
- Coughing (both moist and dry)
- Nasal discharge.
- Purulent nasal discharge.
- Runny eyes.
- Difficulty breathing.
Can I get my dog sick if Im sick?
It’s nearly impossible to transmit your cold to your dog. Note: If you have a cat in your household, they are far more susceptible to catching your cold. Next time you get sick, you may want to maintain a safe distance from your cat like you would another human.
How much does the canine influenza vaccine cost?
Made by both Merck Animal Health and Zoetis, the initial doses are two shots, several weeks apart. If full licensing is granted next year, an annual booster will be recommended. A Zoetis spokeswoman said the price, set by individual veterinarians, will most likely be $25 to $35 for each injection.
How often do dogs get influenza shot?
Healthy dogs seven weeks of age or older can be given the vaccine, which requires two vaccinations given two-to-four weeks apart. Initial studies have shown that dogs do not maintain long duration of immunity so it is important to revaccinate them annually.
What is the difference between kennel cough and canine influenza?
Kennel cough is a bacterial infection easily treated with antibiotics. Dog Flu, on the other hand, is a virus that can’t be “cured”. All you and your vet can do is make your dog as comfortable as possible while the flu virus runs its course.
Why is my dog coughing like something is stuck?
If your dog is hacking away or constantly making noises that make it sound like they are choking on something, they may have a case of kennel cough, or canine infectious tracheobronchitis.