Can Dog Flu Be Prevented?
At this point, dog flu has occurred in a small number of states, including Florida, New York, and Massachusetts. It is important to take a commonsense approach regarding the disease. If your dog is showing any signs of a respiratory illness, you should get advice from your veterinarian. Suggestions for dog 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 dog flu outbreaks that are occurring in your area.
H3N8 equine influenza virus (the "dog flu" virus) has been in horses for more than 40 years and now, more recently, in dogs. However, there has never been a documented case of human infection with this virus.