Your Dog Might Need a Flu Shot This Year!
Hopefully, you've already gotten your flu shot this year (or you're getting it soon!) but it might be your dogs turn to get one!
Wag! writes that Canine Influenza, or dog flu, is highly contagious and your dog is especially susceptible to the flu if you live in a place where the dog flu is a concern and if your dog frequently goes places with other dogs nearby (i.e. the dog park or groomer). If neither of those things applies to you and your pooch, Wag! says to not worry too much about getting the flu shot for your dog.
Here are the typical symptoms of the dog flu, but, like the human flu, it shows up differently depending on the dog: coughing, sneezing, or a runny nose. Other symptoms include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, achiness, and fever. If your dog shows any of these symptoms you should take them to the vet because it could be the flu or something else!
If your dog does get the dog flu Wag! says to quarantine your dog from other dogs for 4 weeks, that's how long your dog could be contagious. This includes making sure people wash their hands before petting other dogs after visiting your sick dog.
So if you're worried the dog flu could affect your dog, talk to your vet about getting your dog the vaccine! Oh, and don't worry, the flu can't be passed from human to dog or dog to human.
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