Many people are worried about their dogs getting the flu because it is so rampant among humans. Dogs can get the flu and experience many of the same symptoms that humans experience. However, dog flu is not caused by the same virus as human flu.
Victoria Roldan has ear infection, sore throat and coughing. She is wondering whether she can give this illness to her pet. Dr. Tony Malone is a veterinarian who works for the Humane Society. He stated that the flu is something that a pet can experience any time of the year. Coughing, sneezing, ocular discharge and nasal discharge are some of the symptoms that a dog may experience if a dog has the flu.
Dr Malone said that even though animals with the flu and humans with the flu can experience the same symptoms, a dog cannot spread the flu to the human or vice versa. It is also important to note that the strains that cause human flu are different each year. Human flu typically occurs during the fall and winter months. Dog flu can occur at any time of the year.
There have not been any canine flu outbreaks reported. However, many people are still worried about their dog developing this illness. Dr. Malone stated that people are at home more, so they are spending more time with their pets. They are also paying more attention to their dogs.
Dr. Malone stated that every pet should be vaccinated for the flu because this will help keep them healthy. Dog flu shots are made with different ingredients than the ones that are made for humans.
The flu can spread when dogs share bowls. Veterinarians stated that people should be careful when they take their dogs to salons, dog parks and day care because the dog flu can easily spread in those places.