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:
- 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.
Posted on June 27, 2012, in Health, Tips, Uncategorized and tagged animal health, Canine Influenza Virus, CIV, dog, Dog Flu, dog health, dogs, greyhounds, H3N8, pneumonia, veterinarian. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.