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Flu Season is Coming Up: For You and Your Pets!

Written By: Dr. Chris Lehman, Owner PetMart Pharmacy, LLC / Veterinarian
What is Canine Influenza?
The “Dog Flu,” or canine influenza, is a respiratory disease in dogs. This high contagious disease is caused by two specific influenza viruses known to infect dogs. No human infections with canine influenza have ever been reported. However, flu viruses are constantly changing and it is possible for a virus to change so that it could infect humans and spread easily between humans.

How is it Spread?
Just like human flu, dog flu is spread through close contact in highly populated areas. Symptoms of dog flu include coughing, sneezing, fever, nasal discharge, lethargy, and lack of appetite. Your dog might exhibit obvious symptoms for up to 10 days, but that doesn't mean they are not contagious. Additionally, H3N2 CIV is spread by direct contact with a sick dog or cat or by contact with an environment/with people that are contaminated with the virus. Coughing dogs produce "mists" tha…

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