Should I be worried about the dog flu?
What have you heard about Canine Influenza a.k.a. The Dog Flu???? There has been a lot of information on the news and various media outlets about the current outbreak in our area and we would like to put your mind at ease with reliable information. This is a very contagious virus that can cause coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge or fever. The symptoms for most dogs will resolve in 2-3 weeks. Some dogs may contract the virus and not show any clinical signs at all but still be able to spread it to other dogs. Similar to the human flu, the most vulnerable are young puppies and senior or imunocompromised dogs. The good news is that there is a vaccine available to reduce the severity of the symptoms should your pet come in contact with the virus. Due to the fact that the virus is so eaily trasmitted, all dogs over the age of 9 weeks are recommended to be vaccinated. Jefferson Animal Hospital Fern Creek is providing the vaccine by appointment. Please call 502-499-6535 to schedule your pet.
For additional information about Canine Influenza, visit the American Animal Medical Associations site :