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Dog Flu Treatment for the H3N2 and H3N8 Strain

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Doerr Animal Clinic Offers Treatment For Canine Influenza

Canine influenza has become a concern in many areas of the United States, where it has swept through the canine population, causing illness and sometimes death to the animals. The virus is easily spread through direct contact with other dogs, such as interactions at boarding facilities, doggie day care or dog parks. The virus can be transmitted through coughing or sneezing and can live on toys or dog bowls. In 2004, the first strain of canine influenza, H3N8, was identified in Florida. In 2015, a second strain, H3N2, was identified in an outbreak in Chicago. The virus can occur year-round, but it is not transmittable to humans. The H3N2 form can be transmitted to cats. Vaccines are available for both H3N8 and H3N2 forms of the disease.  The vaccine is a series of 2 shots, after the first vaccination is administered, it is followed by a second vaccination in 2 weeks, and then it's just once a year. 

Symptoms of Canine Flu

The disease has a mild form and a severe form. In the mild form, the animal may have no more than a dry cough and some nasal discharge. However, in the severe form, the animals may become extremely ill, develop impaired breathing and may develop a dangerous form of pneumonia. General symptoms include sneezing, coughing, fever, anorexia and weakness. Most dogs will recover in 2 to 3 weeks. However, secondary infections can make the disease more serious. If your dog is not vaccinated against canine influenza and develops these symptoms, make an appointment with your Louisville veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Treatment of H3N8 and H3N2 Canine Influenza

There is no specific treatment program for canine influenza. Generally, supportive measures are provided to ensure the animal is well hydrated and receives antibiotics to prevent secondary infections that can be deadly. Dogs with suspected canine influenza must be kept away from other animals to prevent transmission of the disease. If the dog cannot eat nutritional support may be provided.

Make Doerr Animal Clinic Your Veterinarian for Canine Flu Treatment

Dr. Turns, Dr. Cohn and the friendly staff at Doerr Animal Clinic are committed to providing quality veterinary care for their patients in Louisville, KY and surrounding areas. We offer a broad range of services, including comprehensive exams, vaccinations, spay and neutering, dental care, flea and tick prevention, heartworm prevention, microchipping, boarding and grooming. We treat cats and dogs. We also provide emergency care. Contact Doerr Animal Clinic today at 502-200-1294 for an appointment to discuss canine influenza prevention and treatment to protect your dog’s health.