The flu is sweeping across the country this winter but humans are not the only ones in danger of catching influenza. Dogs (and cats) are also dispersing a highly contagious canine version of the flu. Do not worry. According to a January 23, 2018 article in USA Today, humans cannot catch Canine Flu.

There are two types of Canine Flu found in the US – H3N8 and H3N2. Both versions are highly contagious. The illness can last up to 3 weeks. Canine Flu can be spread all year long. The disease can be spread when infected dogs bark, sneeze or cough.

Symptoms can be a persistent cough, thick greenish discharge from your pet’s nose and eyes, lethargy, reduced appetite, and fever.

Make sure your pet sees the vet as soon as possible if you suspect they might have the flu. There are several 24hour vets in the DC metro area if you need to call in the middle of the night including:
• Friendship Hospital for Animals in NW Washington
• Metropolitan Emergency Animal Clinic in Rockville, MD
• VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in Alexandria, VA

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