Dogs are vaccinated to prevent getting life-threatening illnesses, but did you know that new strains continue to occur? A new Canine Influenza (H3N2) has now spread to LA County. We want to give you the real deal on what this means for you and your dog.
The symptoms of the canine flu are similar to kennel cough, including:
- Loss of appetite
- Nasal discharge
- Some dogs may not have symptoms
If you think your dog has the canine flu, it’s important to seek veterinarian care. Puppies & elderly dogs are at greater risk and should take extra precautions.
Worried about canine influenza? Here are some ways to be proactive to keep your dog healthy and prevent the spread:
- Give your dog the bordetella booster every 6 months
- If recommended by your veterinarian, give your dog the canine influenza vaccine
- Seek veterinarian care if your dog has signs or symptoms
- Keep your sick dog at home for at least 21 days
- Notify your dog care professionals such as a pet sitter, dog daycare, boarding facility, dog hiker, etc. so everyone can be on alert
But don’t be afraid to socialize your dog. Staying up to date on vaccines, early detection and communication helps keep our dog community safer. Plus active dogs are happier & healthier dogs!
We encourage you to consult with your veterinarian to see which vaccinations are recommended for your dog. If you have any questions, please call Fitdog at (310) 828-3647.