Canine Influenza Virus Vaccination in Madisonville
The canine influenza virus causes a disease that looks a lot like the human flu. Like the human flu, canine influenza patients usually recover, but it can be dangerous for very old, very young, or otherwise vulnerable animals. The canine influenza vaccine available from your veterinarian in Madisonville and provides protection against this disease.
What is Canine Flu
Canine flu is a relatively new dog illness in the U.S. There are currently two strains of the virus present in the United States, one which is believed to have come from horses and one which is believed to have come from birds. Both strains have had outbreaks in most of the states. So far, there is no evidence that either strain can be passed to humans.
Symptoms of Canine Flu
The most common form of this dog illness is relatively mild and presents with symptoms similar to the flu in humans:
- Lack of appetite
- Nasal discharge
The majority of dogs do not require treatment at our animal hospital. However, if you suspect that your dog has the flu, contact our vet in Madisonville right away. We will be able to tell you if your dog needs additional canine influenza virus treatment.
How Canine Flu Spreads
Canine flu is a contagious disease that spreads mainly through the coughing and sneezing of infected animals. However, dogs can be contagious before and after they have symptoms, for up to a month in total. The virus can also remain alive for up to 48 hours on surfaces.
How to Treat and Prevent Canine Flu
Dog flu treatment may be necessary for pets who come to our animal hospital in Madisonville with severe symptoms or who come down with a secondary infection. Canine flu treatment may include fluids, steroids, and antibiotics to treat secondary infections.
Preventing the canine flu can be done using a canine influenza vaccine. Our vet in Madisonville can help you prevent the need for canine influenza virus treatment by administering this simple vaccination. Vaccination may not prevent all cases of canine influenza, but it helps make the illness less severe and reduces the need for canine flu treatment in Madisonville.
Do You Need a Canine Influenza Virus Vet?
If your pet is in need of dog flu treatment or you would like to vaccinate them against the disease, our Madisonville vet can help. Tchefuncte Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinarian that treats canine flu cases as well as offering vaccinations.
To make an appointment with our canine influenza virus vet, call 985-845-7484.