What is dog flu?
Dog flu first surfaced in the United States in 2015, when Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed the state’s first outbreak of a highly infectious strain, according to techtimes.com. The virus was thought to have come from birds in China, Thailand, and Korea when dogs exposed caught the disease. The strain is known as H3N2 CIV or the H3N2 canine influenza virus and can also spread to cats, but not humans. If left untreated it can become pneumonia and is not typically fatal. Here’s what you need to know about the flu virus.
Symptoms of dog flu
Dog flu symptoms include: coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, lethargy, lack of appetite, fever, and possibly labored breathing if the dog develops pneumonia, says Sarah McKenny, an associate veterinarian at Petwell Partners. McKenny cautions that these signs maybe not be solely indicative of the flu. “Coughing and labored breathing can also be symptoms associated with heart disease. It is also possible for a dog to be contagious without any symptoms,” said McKenny. If your dog has any of the signs listed above, make an appointment with your vet for a checkup.