Can Dogs Catch the Flu?


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Dogs catch canine influenza, which is a type of flu discovered in 2004 that is specific to dogs and is spread by contact with the respiratory secretions of infected canines. There is an immunization for canine influenza, according to Cesar's Way.

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Respiratory secretions lost during sneezing and panting cause the spread of the virus, according to Cesar's Way. People who are around a dog infected with canine influenza and exposed to its secretions are able to spread canine flu to uninfected dogs. Contaminated objects are also a source of infection.

The symptoms of canine influenza include cough, fever, lethargy, runny nose, respiratory infection and loss of appetite. Canine flu is typically treated with prescribed antibiotics, but some dogs need additional fluids and are sometimes hospitalized for this purpose.

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