(Meredith) – “Dog flu” is making its way through the canine population and its symptoms are eerily like the kind humans experience.
Dogs with dog flu also known as “canine influenza” may have the following symptoms:
The virus was first diagnosed in 2004. Studies have shown there is no relation between dog flu and human flu.
According to Today, dog flu is spread among canines through barking, sneezing, and coughing. The infection can last two to three weeks, but generally, it’s nothing to worry about.
Michael San Filippo, a spokesperson for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), said dog flu isn’t seasonal. The major difference between human flu and dog flu is an upset stomach. If your dog has the flu, they probably will not vomit or have diarrhea.
A group at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine monitors the spreading of dog flu. There have been more than 200 reports of dog flu in Kentucky, Georgia, and Illinois since 2015.
They also have a map to illustrate where the virus is spreading, however, it is believed the virus more widespread than the map reveals since many cases of dog flu might go undiagnosed.
Amy Glaser, the director of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center, said the 2018 dog flu is only in two locations right now: central California and northern Kentucky/southern Ohio.
Less than ten percent of dogs with the dog flu die, but San Filippo said that number might actually be closer to five percent.
If you are interested in preventing your dog from getting dog flu, the AVMA said you should talk to your veterinarian about getting a vaccine for your pup.
Want to learn more about the dog flu? Click here for more info from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Here's what they said about it on the AVMA's website:
The Canine Influence Virus (CIV) was first identified as a factor in canine respiratory disease in 2004. This virus is a genetic variant of the H3N8 equine influenza virus that gained the ability to infect dogs.
The key change in the virus was the ability for transmission of the virus from dog to dog. The Asian H3N2 virus is derived from an avian strain that also gained the ability to infect dogs and be transmitted from dog to dog.
As is the case with all influenza viruses, there is the opportunity for changes in the virus that could affect transmission rates and increase or decrease the ability of the virus to cause respiratory illness. It is for this reason that the AHDC continues to track and monitor the changes in the virus over time.
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