Thursday, May 07, 2015

What you should know about Dog Flu

what you need to know about dog flu
FOX 32 News reported that dog flu continues to spread around the greater Chicago-area. And now, a second animal shelter has now been shut down indefinitely. The dog shelter that was reported to close down to prevent the dog flu to spread to the other dogs was Chicago Canine Rescue animal shelter located near Elston and Forest Glen.

Dog Flu or "canine influenza," can make your dogs feel bad and it can also be dangerous to them.

Symptoms of dog flu includes sneezing, runny nose, and cough according to Barry N. Kellogg, senior veterinary advisor to the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

According to Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD, of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, “Canine influenza can cause more serious illness than the average respiratory infection.”

Dog flu treatment:

Just like you, your dog also need a lot of rest and fluids. Place your dog in a quiet and comfortable place for him to recover and do not forget to give your dog plenty of water to drink.

Have your vet check your dog. Your dog's veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics if your dog gets a bacterial infection along with the flu.

Once your dog shows any dog flu symptoms, keep him away from your other dogs, avoid going to dog parks or places so that other dogs will not get infected with the virus.