Dog Flu (Influenza)
Are you concerned about the dog flu? Here is some helpful information on what you should know about this new strain of dog flu.
Dogs with the flu may have mild to severe symptoms, just like humans do. Your dog may have a decreased appetite, high fever, cough, eye and nasal discharge, and decreased energy.
The flu is spread through dog-to-dog contact, air contamination and contact with contaminated surfaces. Treatment is supportive care–rest, fluids, medications, and sometimes antibiotics are needed.
The first strain of flu virus, H3N8, was first identified in dogs in the United States in 2004 and this is the vaccine that your pet currently receives at Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital®.
A new strain of flu, H3N2, was first identified in the United States in early 2015. Dogs with this strain of flu may show more severe signs, or none at all. It has been documented that this strain of flu may also infect cats. A new vaccine is available for this strain of flu in dogs.
At this time there have been no diagnosed cases in the Houston or Pearland area. While our stance of vaccines is moderation, we are closely watching the situation to assess if there is a need for this new vaccine. Unfortunately, there is no cross-protection between the vaccines.