Canine Flu and Your Pet

Canine FluWe’ve turned to Pet Problems Solved to seek advice on how to deal with canine flu. The canine flu is caused by two different viruses that can only be transferred between dogs. Unfortunately, much like the flu that many humans have experienced this winter, our dogs simply need to suffer through the symptoms as well.

The symptoms of the canine flu range from nothing at all, or could be in the form of a cough, fever, lethargy, or refusing food. Once you’ve identified that your canine friend has the flu, you can really only go about managing their symptoms.

Some of the best ways to keep your pet safe from the canine flu include:

  • Vaccinate – Visit your vet and make sure that your pet is up-to-date with all the relevant vaccinations and ask about vaccination against canine influenza.
  • Be Mindful of the Places You Visit – When the flu season hits and you know that there have been cases reported in your area, it may be better to avoid dog parks and places with lots of other dogs. This includes boarding kennels, so opt for a live-in pet sitter from Mindahome for personalised care of your pet.
  • Pet Grooming – Taking your pet to the groomers or having them come to your home during flu season, could place you pet at risk. Sharing the same grooming space and accessories could lead to infection. Learn how to groom your pet at home and sterilise brushes and washing areas with pet-safe products.
  • Keep Clean – If you have been around other dogs for work or just a pat, be sure to clean your hands and change your clothes before you touch your dog. Canine flu can be easily spread.
  • Friends Can Share – A multi-dog home means that your fur-friends can share the virus if contracted. If one of your dogs gets the canine flu, separate them while they are ill and disinfect hard surfaces in your home and their play things, using a pet-safe disinfectant.
  • Check With Your Vet – If you see any symptoms that you think may be canine flu, head to your vet to get it checked out. They can confirm whether it is the canine flu and give you further strategies to combat the symptoms.

Head to Pet Problems Solved to read more about the canine flu.