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Prognosis for Canine Flu

About 80 percent of dogs with canine flu will have a mild form of the disease, characterized by cough and maybe some nasal discharge, which will resolve over time with appropriate treatment. Only a minority of dogs with this flu experience more severe complications, such as pneumonia. Just like humans infected with influenza, certain populations of dogs are more likely to develop canine flu complications. Death is a rare complication of this disease.

Suggestions for Dog Owners

At this point, canine flu has occurred in a small number of states, including Florida, New York, and Massachusetts. It is important to take a commonsense approach regarding this condition. If your dog is showing any signs of a respiratory illness, you should get advice from your veterinarian. Suggestions for canine owners include:
  • If you take your dog to a veterinarian, tell him or her whether your dog has been at a boarding kennel recently
  • If you take your dog to a boarding kennel, use one that is well known to you
  • Continue to be alert to pronouncements that are released in terms of any canine flu outbreaks that are occurring in your area.
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