Dog Flu Is Spreading Amongst Our Pooches And Here's How To Avoid It

26 January 2018, 15:52

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Make sure your fur baby stays healthy!

January typically sees a lot of germs flying around, and this year Australian Flu has thrown its virus into the mix too.

And it seems that even our pets are susceptible to catching a bug, as recently Dog Flu has been spreading over America.

So far, thousands of doggos have been hit by the virus, and there's a likelihood that it will continue to purge.

(The fact that dogs don't cover their mouths when they sneeze doesn't help - come on guys, it's basic manners.)

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The recently discovered Canine Influenza Virus can be mistaken for Kennel Cough, so if you see any of these symptoms in your pooch, it may be best to take a trip to the vets.

The symptoms are:

Coughing
Sneezing
Runny noise
Fever
Loss of appetite
Lethargy
Difficulty breathing

Like human flu, our doggos transfer it to one another by airborne respiratory fluids - so any coughs, barks or sneezes can pass the virus on, as well as any shared toys, food bowls and bedding.

Whilst Dog Flu on its own isn't fatal, it's important to keep an eye on your pet as there is a slight chance that secondary infection such as pneumonia can be triggered.

A trip to the vets will see a flu-stricken pup put on antivirals or antibiotics to help them kick the virus, and it's wise to make sure that they drink lots of water to help keep them hydrated and aid the recovery.

Luckily, humans can't catch Dog Flu, so if you find your pooch feeling poorly, give them lots of cuddles!

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