By Jay Edwards
You already know how bad flu season is right now and that it’s quickly taking over Florida. But did you know that your dog can also get the flu? Here’s what you need to know…
First of all, know that canine influenza is rarely deadly, however it is very contagious! So, better to be safe than sorry, so here are four tips on how to keep your dog safe:
1. Look for symptoms- According to KCRA, dog flu symptoms involve the respiratory system, things like coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, sluggish energy, and a reduced appetite. If you notice any of those, keep them away from other pets and get them to a vet. You won’t catch the flu from your dog, but other dogs or cats might.
2. Keep and eye on older pets- Be especially careful with dogs that have a higher chance of getting sick. Older dogs and dogs that regularly go to the dog park or a boarding facility are at a higher risk of coming down with dog flu because of how contagious it is.
3. Vaccinate when possible- According to USA Today, you can get them a vaccine. Yes, there is an actual flu shot for your dog. However, just like the human shot, it doesn’t entirely eliminate your dog’s risk of getting sick, but it can reduce how severe their illness is and how long they’re sick.
4. Be alert- Dog flu is highly contagious, so be on the lookout for an outbreak in your area. If there is one, use extra caution and avoid public areas like dog parks as much as possible.