Did You Know? Dogs Can Get the Flu, Too!


This flu season, protect yourself AND your dog!

Here is important information from DogChannel.com on how to protect your dog from the canine influenza virus.

Human flu season comes around every year, and it's something we all dread. But did you know that dogs can get the flu too? And they're at risk year-round. Canine influenza virus (CIV) is a unique strain of the flu that causes influenza in dogs.

Since most dogs have no natural immunity to the virus, almost every dog that comes in contact with the virus will get the flu. Most cases are mild, but as with human flu, some dogs develop more severe disease.

Even though we can't spread our flu to dogs or vice versa, canine flu can spread quickly from one dog to another through sneezing, coughing, or direct dog-to-dog contact. That's why social dogs that spend time at doggy daycares, dog parks, boarding facilities, and more are highly susceptible to infection.

The signs of canine influenza are similar to those of other respiratory diseases like Bordetella (also known as canine cough) but can be much worse. If your dog's lifestyle already merits vaccination against Bordetella, he/she is a likely candidate to be vaccinated against CIV. Protect your dog with a vaccine that's been proven safe and effective in more than 1 million dogs.

Find out more about canine influenza and how to protect your dog at www.mypet.com/dogflu.

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