This month, we're focusing a lot of attention on the flu and prevention. So much so, we got to thinking, "are our pets susceptible to the flu?" The truth will contribute to the long fought battle between cat owners and dog owners.
If you are a cat owner, be glad. The cat flu is not really a flu. It's just an upper respiratory illness that is fairly common and
treatable. But for dog owners, the news is not as good. In 2004, dog flu, a type-A flu, was discovered at a greyhound park in South Florida. It is highly contagious and can be lethal if not treated.
Fortunately, the only way for a dog to catch the flu is to be in contact with an infected dog. If your dog is in relative isolation from other dogs, you should not worry about your pet catching the disease.
If your dog spends a lot of time around other dogs, here are some symptoms to look for:
- Variable fever
- Clear nasal discharge that progresses to thick, yellowish-green mucus
- Loss of appetite
If any symptoms arise, take your pet to the vet immediately for a diagnosis. In addition, you an talk to your vet about giving your dog a vaccination, much like a flu shot you might get annually.
Get your flu shot!
If you dog does come down with the flu, do not worrry about yourself. The dog flu is not transferrable to humans. Still, you should protect yourself. Remember, flu shots are available at every FPG location and covered under a Medicare plan. Don't hesitate. Schedule an appointment for your flu shot or attend one of our Flu Prevention Day events at an FPG Seniors Club near you. Check the calendar of events for details. You can comment below, or you can chat with us on Facebook and Twitter.