IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION: We are learning that the DOG FLU/CANINE INFLUENZA is making another appearance in our area again. Please limit your pet’s interactions in areas that they might come into contact with another infected dog, such as dog parks, boarding facilities, and bike/hiking trails. This is highly contagious and you should be aware of the common symptoms with your dog:
* lack/loss of appetite
* red and/or runny eyes and nose
The canine flu is usually spread by being in direct contact with an infected dog that is sneezing or coughing. Any kind of mucus transmission between dogs will cause the flu to pass from the infected to the uninfected.
Other sources of infection will be with dog toys, bedding, clothing, and humans. By touching an infected dog or toy that is contaminated, you run the risk of passing the infection onto your dog. YOU will need to wash your hands immediately after coming into contact with any infected dog, toy, clothing, and/or bedding.
If you feel that your pet has come into contact with an infected dog, please limit your pet’s exposure with other dogs and contact your vet immediately. A physical exam and a mucus swab test will help rule out the possibility of your pet being infected.
If your pet is infected with the CANINE INFLUENZA, limit their activity and keep them in isolation to avoid spreading the CANINE FLU. Clean their bedding, toys, dish bowls, etc. to keep the FLU from lingering in your home and yard. The VIRUS can linger in the environment up to 48 hours before dying.
Our flu season usually occurs during the winter months and that is why we see the local pharmacies and doctor offices promoting FLU VACCINES in the fall. The reason is that we are indoors and the flu is easily passed between the infected to the non-infected.
As for your Canine Companion, their time of infection usually begins during the spring and summer months. This is when they are usually being in contact with other dogs and their toys. The reason is that we are spending our time in the outdoors with our pets. We are away from the infected and this is the time when our dogs are meeting up with their friends after the long winter months.
Contact the Dyer Animal Clinic at 219-865-3737 and ask about the CANINE INFLUENZA VACCINE.
Vaccinate your pet this spring so they do not encounter the CANINE FLU.