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Flu Season Affects Can Also be Felt by Dogs

Posted: Monday, November 9th, 2009 at 6:25 am

Seasonal flu and H1N1 has been at the forefront of many people’s minds this fall, but we should also be aware of the impact of the flu on our pets. Canine flu, or H3N8, has been diagnosed in dogs across the country, as well as in Iowa. Dr. Tim Yoder with Tri-County Veterinary Clinic in Pella says symptoms of the flu in dogs are much like those in humans; including runny nose, cough and fever. Yoder adds that canine flu is relatively new, and like humans, will affect each dog differently and is not typically life-threatening. A two-stage vaccination for dogs is available to help prevent the spread or contraction of the virus.