Bird Flu, Swine Flu...Dog Flu?
Has Fido had his flu shot?
Dogs can suffer from influenza, just like humans.
"There's going to be coughing, sneezing, and oftentimes will have a flu, but that is usually missed by the owners," says veterinarian Dr. Michael Goldman.
Vets are recommending a vaccine for dogs that will spend any time in close quarters with other dogs, such as at a kennel.
Canine flu is not fatal but is highly contagious.
"It is a new disease to dogs, and they have no immunity to it already," says Dr. Goldman.
Symptoms include cough, runny nose and fever.
�When you have the flu, it makes you more susceptible to bacterial infections such as pneumonia,� Goldman added.
He says there is no prescribed treatment for the dog flu, but resulting bacterial infections would be treated with antibiotics.
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