How to Identify Dog Flu and Keep Your Pets Safe

Highly contagious dog flu reported in SC

Dogs can carry and spread canine flu despite not showing symptoms, and can transmit the flu before and after symptoms are present, Danford said, allowing it to spread quickly. Multiple cases of the flu were also confirmed in SC during that outbreak, according to Campbell.

While this flu does not affect humans, it is passed on similarly to the human strain, through direct contact, coughing, sneezing and dissimilarly to humans, barking. Stevens said it's believed that the flu strain now in North Carolina was spread from an outbreak at a dog show in Florida.

The dog flu vaccine is given in two shots, two weeks apart.

So, how can you tell if your dog is fighting the virus?

WYFF also mentioned the H3N2 CIV vaccine, which, while unable to prevent dogs from catching canine influenza, could at least reduce their chances of catching the virus that causes it, or reduce the disease's severity and duration, and risks of complications.

CBS Local- In North Carolina, veterinarians have spotted a new flu that plagues dogs that is highly contagious.

"Any dog that has the potential to be in contact with other dogs regularly, should get vaccinated", Campbell said. But most dogs recover in 2-3 weeks and the fatality rate is less than 10 percent, according to Texas A&M research.

Canine Influenza ("dog flu") has been in the news again following several outbreaks in various parts of the country with a growing number located in the southeast. She further listed out some symptoms of the sickness, urging everyone to be aware of the signs. In her statement, she advocates that pet owners that are mindful of the fact that their dogs are not healthy should isolate such dogs from others.

Today's microchipping and dog wash event was a fundraiser for Care, an animal rescue group. These can last up to two weeks or even longer. Symptoms include coughing, lethargy and a fever. "Especially as a new pet owner. Cats can present with clinical signs of respiratory infection including sneezing and nasal discharge".

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