The “dog flu” affects Fido similarly to how the flu affects people, said veterinarian Dr. Sara Rudwell.
“They may have just a little bit of discharge from their nose and a low grade fever and feel a little bit off,” said Dr. Rudwell. “And maybe a little bit less appetite.”
While the dog flu cannot be passed to humans, it is contagious to other dogs.
The decision to give your dog the flu vaccine should be carefully made through consultation with your veterinarian. As with all vaccines, side effects are possible, although rare. Discussing the risks ahead of time will help you make a confident decision for your pet.
“Reactions like swelling of the face, vomiting, hives, and lethargy are possible with the flu vaccines as with any vaccine,” said Dr. Rudwell. “More serious reactions, like shock are quite rare.”
At Camp Bow Wow we make caring for your pet and their health a priority. we encourage you to discuss the Canine Influenza vaccine with your veterinarian to decide if it’s right for your dog.
For more information on the “dog flu” vaccine, consult your veterinarian or visit usda.gov