Today’s post is a part of the Insider’s Program on Bloggy Moms. All opinions are my own.
Do you get a flu shot every year, I do? Why? Because my husband is older and have various health problems such as congestive heart failure, the flu can get to pneumonia within a few days. We also have a couple of relatives in nursing homes and we do not want to transfer it to them. So what about your pets? Do you get them the flu shot every year? Well maybe you need to reconsider that, let me show you why.
Almost all dogs can get this flu. In 2015 there was a new strain, H3N2, that dogs do not have a natural immunity to. This is the reason for large outbreaks across the United States with the latest, in early 2017, in Chicago and Los Angeles. The only protection we can give our pets is the dog flu vaccine to help prevent it from happening in the first place. If you board your dogs then this shot may be mandatory for some places. This flu can happen anytime during the year and has recently been shown to transfer to cats. There is, however, no influenza vaccine for cats.
My dogs are a big part of my family. They protect us, make us laugh, and love us no matter what we look like. Misty recently had these funny puppies, I would never want to expose them to anything like this.
Dog flu transfers easily between dogs sharing contaminated objects such as drinking water bowls, clothing, leashes, and kennels. They can also get it from the air from a cough or sneeze. We can also transfer it to other dogs by petting or holding a sick dog and passing it on to healthy dogs. Just like when we stay home in bed, or the kids stay home from school, our dogs also need to stay away from other dogs when sick, to avoid spreading the flu.
Thanks to Merck Animal Health for putting together the If This Dog Could Talk: Tour to Prevent Dog Flu album to help educate people about dog flu and how to prevent it. They have partnered with the renowned photo-documentary series creator, The Dogist. Please take a minute to take a look and download the information to learn more about dog flu.
If you suspect your pet has the flu, some of the signs are: fever, cough, nasal discharge, and reduced appetite. Most dogs recover in 2 – 3 weeks but, as with humans, a secondary infection may cause your pet to get a more severe illness such as pneumonia and possible death. Visit and download the If This Dog Could Talk: Tour to Prevent Dog Flu album to learn more. Then share with your friends so we can help protect more dogs from this illness. Download the Full Tour Album here.