About the Illinois Dog Flu Outbreak
There have been recent cases of Dog Flu breaking out all over central Illinois. Be cautious with your dog around other dogs. Veterinarians say this is a new and highly contagious airborne virus that can spread quickly from dog to dog.
This virus can be transferred via nose and mouth secretions, coughs, and even sharing water bowls. Because this particular virus is airborne, it can spread without contact.
Most dogs are not naturally immune to the virus and when exposed to it will most likely contract it.
How to Protect Your Dog
The first thing you should do is talk to your veterinarian about canine influenza to see what they recommend is best for your dog.
If you notice anything out of the ordinary isolate your dog and call your veterinarian as soon as possible. Do not wait or hesitate as this is a very aggressive virus and your should seek medical treatment immediately.
A vaccine is available, if you have not already, the H3N2 vaccination is available for your dog. Discuss whether the vaccine is right for your dog with your veterinarian.
Start boosting your dog’s immune system by feeding them a healthy and balanced diet. Give them plenty of vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids and probiotics. You can also use some of the many natural immunity boosting supplements and herbs to improve your dogs overall health and well-being.
Be sure to watch your dog for common symptoms such as: coughing, lethargy, lack of appetite, nasal or eye discharge. Give your dog lots of water and plenty of time to rest.
If your dog does get the flu, keep them away from other dogs for at least 21 days.