• Canine flu is a highly contagious virus that can be spread through barking, coughing, or sneezing, or by contact with things that have been infected.
  • Dog owners should be sure their pets are up to date with vaccinations.
  • Consult with your veterinarian (and notify your doggy daycare/kennel/boarding facility, groomer, etc. if there recently) if your pup shows signs of feeling ill. And, keep him/her away from other dogs, to help prevent transmission.
  • If infected, most dogs have a MILD form of the virus (cough, sneezing) but some have developed a SEVERE form (high fever, clinical signs of pneumonia).
  • Most dogs recover in 2-3 weeks.
  • Although there is no evidence of transmission from dogs to people, there have been a few reported cases of transmission from dogs to cats.

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Many thanks to Carolyn Smith, our Certified Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor and Licensed Veterinary Technician, for this helpful article, published by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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