Canine influenza virus, known as dog flu, is highly contagious and spreads year-round via coughing, sneezing, or sharing toys & water dishes. This disease has even been known to spread across back yard fence lines. Once an outbreak occurs, its difficult to stop because symptoms aren’t always noticeable.
Symptoms are similar to the flu in humans and can include:
Fever, runny nose, cough and fatigue.
In severe cases, dog flu can result in:
Pneumonia, high fevers, difficulty breathing, and sometimes death. If your dog has the flu, there can be a forced isolation period from daycares and other areas to help limit the spread.