Pets Spotlight

Can Dogs Catch a Cold or Flu?

Did you notice a change in behaviour in your pup the last few days? Just as humans, dogs can get the flu too. It is important to understand and educate yourself on the symptoms and warning signs to know when this behaviour change is a serious threat to the health of your dog.

Dog flu is a highly contagious flu that is spread from one dog to another and even to cats. And, yes, it is only a coincidence that you and your dog have flu at the same time because flu cannot be spread from or to humans. Now you’re probably wondering where your dog got the flu from? Maybe from the walk in the dog park or the playdate with your friend’s dog – that is why it is important before taking your dog to the dog park to ensure that they have received all the necessary vaccinations.

It can take your dog 2-4 days from when he or she got infected until when they start showing any dog flu symptoms. Much like humans, Dog Flu symptoms can last up to 7-10 days or longer.  Here are some symptoms of Dog Flu for you to know when to take your dog to the vet:

If you answered yes to a few of these symptoms then your dog needs extra TLC (tender, love and care). The best way to ensure that your dog’s tail is wagging like normal in the shortest amount of time, is to give them supportive treatment because unfortunately there is no cure for dog flu. Make sure your dog is comfortable while the virus runs its course. 

If your dog’s symptoms keep showing, visit your nearest vet. 

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Chanté Giovannoni

Chanté is fueled by her passion for understanding marketing, branding and networking. She loves to stay in tune with the latest digital marketing strategies and trends. She considers herself an extrovert, passionate about people, dogs and food. Chanté is a lists person – because lists will take you far in life, lastly, she lives with the motto "if you're lucky enough to be different don't ever change".