flu isn’t just a pain for humans this season. Dogs are
getting canine influenza, too.
highly contagious respiratory infection is bad in just a
few parts of the country — California, Kentucky and
Ohio, in particular — and is not as widespread as the
human flu, according to Cornell University’s College
of Veterinary Medicine, which is monitoring reported
flu is currently experiencing intense flare-ups in
defined geographic locations," Amy Glaser, director
of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell’s
Animal Health Diagnostic Center, told Time.
California, six dogs have tested positive for the canine
influenza H3N2 virus in the last 45 days, Cornell
is not the H3N2 afflicting humans. There are two strains
of dog flu: H3N2 and H3N8, first reported in the United
States in 2004. It is very rare for dogs to catch the
human flu. There’s also no evidence that humans can
get it from dogs.
cases of dog flu have been reported in most states, that
doesn’t signal outbreaks and shouldn’t cause alarm,
Michael Topper, president of the American Veterinary
Medical Association, told Time.
mostly see sporadic cases, and occasionally we see an
outbreak in specific regions," Topper said.
in 2015, there was a big outbreak involving hundreds of
dogs in Chicago and other areas of the Midwest, and last
year it was diagnosed in some dogs in the southeast that
had attended dog shows."
canine influenza is still relatively new in the United
States and dogs haven’t been exposed to it, virtually
all dogs lack immunity and are susceptible, regardless
of age or breed the veterinary group says. Puppies,
elderly or pregnant dogs can be at higher risk.
every dog that is exposed to the virus will get it,
though most will develop mild symptoms. Most dogs
recover in two to three weeks, and canine influenza is
suffering from a mild case will develop a soft, moist
cough that continues for 10 to 30 days, according to the
might appear lethargic — dog-tired. Their appetite
might drop off, and they might run a fever. They might
sneeze and experience discharges from their eyes and/or
severe cases could involve a high fever and signs of
pneumonia, such as difficulty breathing.
that are exposed frequently or regularly to other dogs
are at greater risk of coming into contact with the
virus, the national vet group says. Think dog parks,
animal shelters, doggie day care, dog shows and boarding
your dog shows symptoms or you think it might be sick,
the AVMA recommends consulting your veterinarian.