Canine Influenza or H3N8 Virus

*Information pulled from the CDC website.

What is canine influenza (dog flu)?

Dog flu is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by a specific Type A influenza virus referred to as a “canine influenza virus.”

This particular flu has been around since 2004 and has been well known by veterinarians.

What are the signs of this infection in dogs?

The signs of this illness in dogs are cough, runny nose and fever, however, a small portion of dogs can develop severe disease. This mimics an upper respiratory infection in dogs. The one main difference is your dog will run a fever.

How serious is the dog flu?

The percentage of dogs infected with this disease that die is very small. It’s similar to the flu in humans where you have seniors and those with weak immune systems that have a more severe reaction. Much like with people, if the flu in an elderly patient is not treated and pneumonia develops then it can become fatal. Continue reading »