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Get the Facts Before Your Pup Gets the Dog Flu

Canine influenza, or more commonly known as “dog flu,” is a contagious viral infection that, unfortunately for you and your pups, has been showing up in greater strength now in Texas.

The two most virulent strains, Virus H3N8 and H3N2, are not related in any way, so here at ZippiVet, we recommend that dogs at risk should be vaccinated against both strains. Sadly, you can’t just run down to Walgreens and grab Spot some Doggy Dayquil.

What can you do?

You can understand the risks!

Start with this map of outbreaks across the country.

Then, keep an eye for high-risk, high-dog-traffic areas.

Which Dogs are at Risk?
Dog flu is transmitted through a dog’s respiratory secretions. This can be from barking, coughing, or even sneezing. Transmission is especially more likely when a dog in close contact with any infected dog. These interactions are usually most often found at dog kennels, groomers, daycare facilities, and shelters.Dogs who regularly visit dog parks and other places where pups gather in numbers can also get sick.

The best solution? Get a vaccination that covers both the H3N2 strain and the older H3N8 strain.

ZippiVet recommends you vaccinate puppies in their eighth week of life, followed by yearly boosters. If you’re looking for an affordable solution, Book an Appointment With Us!

When Should I Seek Treatment?
If your dog starts to cough, it’s time to get it checked out, especially if they’ve been at a dog park, kennel, or groomer that week. Many dogs develop a thick and green nasal discharge. Affected dogs may seem unusually lethargic, or they may vomit. As is always the case, a fever of 104-105℉ is an important sign of illness.

To prevent transmission of the virus, dogs infected with canine flu, as well as other pets in the household, should be isolated for 4 weeks, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Come in to ZippiVet for a Pet Wellness Exam and the vaccine, or if you suspect dog flu. We make it easy to schedule an appointment in any of our three convenient locations. And if it’s your visit, you get $25 off! We’re pretty into the idea of providing affordable pet care to the Austin area.

Dog Flu Symptoms to Watch For

So. We’ve got bad news and we’ve got good news.

The bad news is that dog flu has been showing up in the U.S. again.

The good news? We provide fast, thorough, and affordable vet care so you can help your pup way before there’s an any issue, all without breaking the bank.

But what if it’s too late?

Dog Flu Signs & Symptoms
The dog flu is tricky. Its cough may resemble kennel cough, or a bacterial or viral infection. Unlike with humans, there is no dog flu season and infections can occur year-round.

Most infected dogs get the more mild strain and it starts with a soft, moist cough, or a dry cough that’s similar to kennel cough or bordetella (the canine version of the common cold). H3N8 shows respiratory symptoms 2 to 3 days after exposure and dogs infected with H3N2 may start showing signs at between 2 and 8 days. Dogs are most contagious during the 2- to 4-day incubation period and before they show any symptoms, which is how it can spread to many dogs fast.

When Should Get My Dog to the Vet for Treatment?
When your dog starts to cough, it’s time to get them checked out, especially if they’ve been at a dog park, kennel, or groomer that week.

To prevent transmission of the virus, dogs infected with canine flu, as well as other pets in the household, should be isolated for 4 weeks, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Come in to ZippiVet if you suspect your sweet little pal might have contracted the dog flu, or if you want to vaccinate your pet to prevent him or her the discomfort.

Since the two flu virus strains are not related we recommend that dogs at risk should be vaccinated against both. We make it fast and easy to schedule an appointment in any of our three convenient locations!