Ask Dr. Anna – Dog Flu: Is your dog at risk?

Ask Dr. Anna – Dog Flu: Is your dog at risk?

The dog flu, also known as Canine Influenza, reached the United States in 2004.  It began as the H3N8 virus at a Greyhound race track in Florida.  Since 2007, the virus has rapidly spread across the United States and mutated into the H3N2 virus.  The dog flu has currently been detected in every continental state except for one.  Learn if your dog is at risk for contracting the dog flu and how to protect your dog.

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Canine influenza is a highly contagious upper respiratory disease that can be hard to differentiate between other canine upper respiratory diseases like kennel cough.  Common symptoms include fever, coughing, lethargic, decreased appetite, and runny nose.  Most cases of the dog flu are mild; however, young dogs, old dogs, and debilitated dogs are at risk for more severe signs.  In fact, some dogs have died from the dog flu.

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