Dog flu outbreak continues to rise in the country. More than a thousand cases have been reported. Make sure that you are aware of these seven facts about the disease.
1. “Canine influenza is a highly contagious disease that knows no boundaries.”
2. “Two viruses — A H3N8 and A H3N2 — cause dog flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease only affects animals.”
3. “Canine flu makes pets feel unwell for about two weeks. The virus is passed through the air when dogs sneeze or when it gets on human hands or clothing. It doesn’t sicken people.”
4. “The canine flu symptoms are similar to the human flu: fever, cough, nasal discharge and lack of energy. Another comparison to the human flu: It can be caught through sneezes and coughs, nose-to-nose contact or from infected surfaces.”
5. “Veterinarians can test for the flu, but there is no specific treatment because canine influenza is a viral disease.“
6. “In May 2009, the USDA approved the first influenza vaccine for dogs. Trials have shown that it can significantly reduce the duration of illness, including the incidence and severity of damage to the lungs.”
7. “Veterinarians say dogs with overall good health will be fine even if they are infected, but dogs that are older than seven years and younger than one are most at risk.”