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Flu Symptoms in Dogs


Nothing seems to feel worse than when we are sick. When we have a cold it seems bad enough, but when we have the flu it can feel as if it is the end of everything. But can you imagine your beloved dog having the flu. Flu symptoms in dogs can be similar to flu symptoms in humans.

Most dogs have typical cold symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, or even a low grade fever. Other flu symptoms in dogs can include a mild loss of appetite or energy. If the flu symptoms in dogs persist or the fever gets higher, this could be a possible sign of a bacterial infection or pneumonia. Just like any other illness, this should not be taken lightly. Seek medical attention for your dog as soon as possible. If it is treated promptly, there is a great chance of recovery rate.

Early detections of flu symptoms in dogs can sometimes be mistaken as “kennel cough”. Kennel cough is also known as Bordetella. Many dogs already are vaccinated for Bordetella yearly by their veterinarians. Most times before you can drop off your dog at a kennel or “doggie daycare”, you must show proof that your dog has already been vaccinated. Even if your dog is not going to be in contact with other dogs, getting this vaccination is still recommended. Even though the dog may get this vaccination, this will not prevent flu symptoms in dogs. A great differentiation between the two is that the flu will cause a moist cough, while kennel cough has a persistent, dry hacking cough.

Many flu symptoms in dogs will go away completely in two to three weeks. Dogs that are aging, have a weakened immune system, or is a puppy may have an immature immune system. There fore they may have a greater risk for becoming seriously ill with bacterial infections or pneumonia. If you suspect your dog of having the flu, take your dog to the vet as soon as possible.

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