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Should you be worried about canine influenza?

Pet Health and Safety  •   AKC Pet Insurance  •   Jul 27, 2015

What is Canine Influenza?

Canine influenza (Dog Flu/H3N8) is a respiratory illness that is highly contagious from dog to dog, however it does not affect people or other animals.


What are the symptoms?

Symptoms exhibited can include coughing, runny nose, fever, lethargy and lack of appetite; however it is possible that your dog may not show signs of illness at all. If your dog exhibits these symptoms isolate him and call your vet as soon as possible.


How is canine influenza treated?

Treatment for canine influenza primarily consists of supportive care. This may include fluids to ensure proper hydration and medications to help keep your dog comfortable. Additionally your vet may choose to prescribe antibiotics to help with any secondary infections such as pneumonia.


What can I do to protect my dog?

There is an approved vaccine available for the H3N8 strain, though it is unknown at this time if this vaccine will protect against any other strain.



Center for Disease Control and Prevention


The information provided in this blog is intended for educational purposes only and should not serve as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your veterinarian. Always consult your veterinarian with questions about your pet’s health and before initiating any treatment regimes. ​

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