Dog flu symptoms 2018?

Picture this: it’s winter, you’re cuddled up on the couch in your onesie and socks with a hot cocoa in one hand. Life couldn’t be any better until all of a sudden, Rover sneezes right in your face. Gross, right? Well, that innocent act could lead to a not so innocent illness – dog flu.


While humans are more prone to getting colds during winter months due to their warm-blooded metabolism lowering with the cooler temperatures, dogs are at risk too. Dog flu or canine influenza is highly contagious and can become severe if untreated.

What causes dog flu?

Dog flu results from two specific viruses namely H3N2 and H3N8 which can get transmitted between animals when they come into contact with each other through sputum discharge from coughing or sneezing.


The symptoms of dog flu vary between breeds but typically manifest within several days of exposure to an infected dog. Here are some signs to watch out for:

  • A persistent dry cough
  • Labored breathing patterns
  • Clear nasal discharge paired with sneezing fits
  • Sudden reluctance towards exercise and play-time.

Note: In rare instances where there were complications like pneumonia-like illnesses occurring after contracting dog flu symptoms included; headache, vomiting, lethargy among others based upon various dogs medical history)


It’s imperative you visit your nearest veterinarian immediately after noticing even slight change concerning your pet’s behavior since many dogs have underlying health conditions that make them vulnerable –>like certain heart diseases etc.<– Diagnosing by clinical examination conducted by vets can help track progressions while using supportive treatments assisting its immune system fight off the virus

Here’s how veterinarians diagnose whether or not a pooch has been afflicted;

1) Conduct antigen tests using swabs from its genitals/upper respiratory regions
2) blood samples to be taken and tested.


The best way of managing dog flu is by taking appropriate measures while handling interact with one another. This includes;

  • Avoiding highly populated areas such as dog parks or rest stops until your pet makes a full recovery.
  • Isolate your infected pets from others, especially high-risk dogs (seniors, young puppies etc.)
  • Wash hands appropriately before and after handling pups –healthful hand hygiene decorum##

Rest assured– Most cases are relatively mild; and most dogs will completely recover in just 2 -3 weeks

Treatment Options

A vast majority of canine influenza cases tend to get handled through symptomatic relief remedies within comfort care arrangements like hydration therapy, soothing cough drops coupled with antibiotics specifically achieving protection against secondary infections that may arise during the course of treatment

Nonetheless—in severe occurrences IV fluids, nebuliser therapy might become necessary for ensuring speedy healing apart from emergency respiratory support procedures administered

Fallacies ~misconceptions~

As often is the case many out there seem s misinformed about Dog Flu however some misconceptions on this subject require cessation–

1) It cannot transfer to humans , it is unique to animals{} which include domesticated mammals(horses too)

  Please note: Scientists believe that an H1N1 virus unique ferrets called seasonal flu has been documented jumping back-and-forth between them/human hosts -

2)-Common human colds are not caused by canine influenza viruses

Whether you call Fido your friend/companion/ family member – his protection & wellness should be an absolute priority.It’s critical we all work together towards preventing/slowing down any illness affecting our furry friends.Continue sticking closely to advanced veterinarian practices thus ensure he/she receives optimal help whenever they need it.

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