Canine Influenza: Dogs Can Get the Flu, Too!

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Dog Flu

Did you know that dogs can get the flu, too??? Canine influenza can be a serious threat to dogs, but its signs may be easily confused with another respiratory disease called Bordetella (canine cough).  Just like Bordetella, dogs that spend time at boarding facilities, doggy daycare, groomers, dog parks, and group training are at higher risk.

The most common sign of dog flu is a soft, wet cough that may last for 3 to 4 weeks. Other signs include fever, runny nose, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Like human flu, dog flu can lead to more serious conditions like pneumonia. Up to 8% of dogs that get the flu can die from the infection. About 20% of infected dogs will show no signs of disease but can still spread CIV to other dogs.
To help protect your dog against the dog flu, speak to your veterinarian to find out if vaccination is recommended. For more information on Canine Influenza check out

This post was written on behalf of DogTime Blog Champion Program for awareness purposes and is not medical advice. For medical advice and recommendations you should speak directly with your veterinarian. Only they can say which vaccinations or other medical treatments are appropriate for your pet.