Flu in dogs
Real flu in dogs is rare.
Because is your dog now a cold, or is it really a flu virus?
How do you recognize flu in your dog?
And how does he get rid of it?
In this article we tell you all about the dog flu.
While one flu wave races through our country after another, our dog seems to be spared. Of course, our dog has also had a cold. But real flu in dogs hardly occurs.
First of all, it is important to know that human flu is not dangerous for our pets. This is a completely different virus, which we can not pass on to animals.
The dog flu we know today has been discovered in America about 13 years ago. This flu variant turned out to be from horses. However, a (natural) mutation occurred, causing the virus to infect dogs.
The virus does spread, but has not yet been established in Europe. The chances are that your dog has kennel cough, the canine sickness or just a cold.
However, you must remain alert: influenza in dogs is in fact transmitted by body fluid (cough, nasal discharge) and contaminated attributes. This means that your dog does not necessarily have to come into contact with infected individuals to become ill.
But how do you recognize a real flu now?
Symptoms of flu in dogs
The symptoms of a flu infection are clearly present, but do not indisputably indicate an influenza. This virus, however, lasts longer than a common cold.
Important symptoms with flu are:
Cough. This can last for a week to a month.
Cough with mucus
Dirty nose. Flow of snot (mucus), possibly mixed with small amounts of pus or blood
Elevation. Mild, body temperature about 39 to 39.9 degrees Celsius.
About 10 to 20% of the dogs can get sick of the flu virus than usual. This situation is especially dangerous for potential risk groups, such as sick dogs, puppies and seniors. The dog gets a high fever (higher than 40 ° C) and respiratory problems.
Sometimes these problems degenerate into pneumonia, which can lead to death. In 95% of cases, however, a flu infection runs off well for the dog.
Treating flu in dogs
When a dog becomes ill of the flu virus, this is usually not primarily treatable. However, a veterinarian can prescribe antibiotics to treat any serious, incident infections. This relieves the symptoms, giving the dog a helping hand during the recovery.
Knowing whether your dog has the flu is difficult. A real diagnosis can only be established through research in the laboratory.
However, do dogs of all ages get sick in the area? Or does your dog get symptoms 2 to 5 days after being in an infected area? Then it could be flu (or a severe cold).
Prevent flu in dogs
Dog flu is very contagious. The virus is transferred via drops from the nose or throat. These are really true everywhere.
Unfortunately, the virus survives for a week at such a location, so that the risk of contamination remains present for a long time. A good disinfectant is therefore indispensable to suppress the spread.
Because of this spread, every dog ??has a chance to catch the flu. Here it is not the question whether your dog gets sick. But how much he is bothered by it!
There is a vaccine against the dog flu. When your dog is vaccinated, however, he still gets sick when infected. But the symptoms will be reduced to such an extent that your dog has little trouble.
Vaccination is certainly recommended, especially if your dog belongs to a risk group. This is the case, for example, in puppies, seniors or dogs with chronic health problems. A severe flu can become life-threatening for them.