Dog Flu Spreading : How to Protect Against Canine Flu – Watch

Dog Flu Spreading : How to Protect Against Canine Flu - Watch

Is deadly dog flu spreading beyond the Midwest?.

A dog flu that has already affected more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, and killed at least eight, has spread to 12 states so far.

We asked the ASPCA how to keep your dog safe.

Because the virus spreads nose-to-nose, the dogs most at risk of contracting canine flu are those in close contact with large numbers of other dogs, like dogs boarding in kennels or housed in shelters.

If your dog is exhibiting respiratory symptoms (coughing, nasal discharge) or symptoms of general malaise (poor appetite, low energy), see your veterinarian immediately.

“Many dogs who are infected with canine flu have fairly mild symptoms — similar to the common cold in humans,” Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of the ASPCA Animal Hospital, told The Dodo, “but some may develop more severe disease requiring hospitalization for intensive care.”

And while you can’t catch the canine flu, you can spread the disease, so be sure to wash your hands frequently after petting pups.

The dog flu becomes deadly when it leads to complications like pneumonia. The good news is that dogs are usually ok if the flu is diagnosed quickly.

Keep an eye on your dog for the sake of his safety, and the safety of other dogs. If your dog shows symptoms, skip the dog park and head to the vet.