Dog Flu (H3N8)

The Dog Flu, also known as H3N8, also known as Canine Influenza Virus (CIV), is a flu contagious amongst other dogs, it is transmitted through mucous membranes of the infected dog to other dogs.  Humans cannot contract this virus.

This flu has been found in 30 states and could be spreading.  There is a vaccine for this virus, but the vaccine does not mean your dog will not still get the virus, rather, it just lessens the severity of the flu.

Some of the symptoms of H3N8 are:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Runny Nose
  • Shallow breathing
  • Decreased appetite

Usually treatment consists of keeping your dog well hydrated, getting lots of rest and usually this will clear up on its own.  If your dog is developing a secondary bacterial infection, which could lead to pneumonia, antibiotics are prescribed.

If you think your dog may have this, take them to the vet to make sure they get proper treatment.

For more information, this is an article that provides more information on H3N8.


About furbabiesfurever

Just a furmom taking care of "less" adoptables-a dog and cat that are black, always adopting and not shopping. Love many activities,my oscar fish, animals, shopping, friends, family, life, my husband and of course my fur babies.

Posted on June 27, 2012, in Health, Tips, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. How frightening! Do you know which states it’s known to be in so far?

    • There isn’t a complete list (that I have found) where the flu is. The states that are most mentioned are: Florida, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Colorado, New York and New Jersey. Here is one source but I haven’t been able to find anything stating which 30 states it is in. Sorry.

      • Okay, thank you for trying to find out though. 🙂 We’re in Indiana but with something like this spreading around I’ll be sure to keep a closer eye on Dixie. Thank you for sharing!

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