You are a responsible dog owner. You take your pooch or pooches out for regular walks, give them the right food, take them to the dog park, and even doggy day camp on days you know you’ll be out all day. And of course, your family fur-ball is up-to-date on his vaccinations.
Now, he has a cough. A bad one.
You ask, “How could this happen? My dog is vaccinated. Is it the canine flu? Is it kennel cough?” The answer might surprise you.
A recent news story has Treasure Valley pet owners worried, and for a good reason: the canine influenza virus has made its way to the Boise area. This isn’t surprising given the rapid spread of canine flu over the past several years as it sweeps through the United States and has proven deadly to even some healthy, adolescent dogs. Canine influenza virus (CIV) is relatively new to the U.S., meaning most dogs haven’t been exposed before and haven’t been vaccinated, either. It is highly contagious and can be fatal, even to a healthy dog, and especially to very young or elderly pets.
In February, vets at Broadway Veterinary Hospital diagnosed the valley’s first case of dog flu, confirming fears that an outbreak would occur locally sooner or later. The dog flu has spread steadily across the U.S. over the last ten years, hitting hard in states like Louisiana and Minnesota.
It's almost that time of year again when we all cozy up with our family and furry friends for the long Northwest winter. The almanac promises another snowy winter, but there's something else we can always count on as the weather gets colder and we spend more time indoors: flu season. We humans only deal with influenza in the cold months, but the dog flu is an issue year-round. Did you know that flu affects our canine companions and is a growing concern? Here's what you need to know to protect your dog from dog flu.