Canine influenza has been making headlines. This is a relatively new disease and nearly all dogs are susceptible to infection. Dog flu was first seen in racing greyhounds in Florida and has spread to 40 states in the past decade. There was an outbreak of a new strain in Seattle last month. Fortunately the incidence of infection in Oregon is still low.
The symptoms of dog flu are similar to ours: cough, runny nose, fever, generally not feeling well. The severity can range from no symptoms to severe illness such as pneumonia or worse. This disease may appear very similar to kennel cough.
Canine flu spreads by coughing and sneezing among dogs housed in close quarters such as kennels and shelters. The illness also spreads by coming into contact with contaminated objects. Dog owners whose dogs are coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease should not expose their dog to other dogs.
There is an approved vaccine to protect dogs against one strain of canine influenza. Consider vaccinating your dog if traveling to Colorado, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Schedule an appointment by calling 541-678-5440 if your dog is coughing so they can evaluate your dog and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.