Vet On Set: Flu, Canines and Humans

The flu has been hitting humans hard ... but what about animals?

We brought in Doctor Richard Fujie - Owner of the King Street Pet Hospital - to talk more about this.

Grace Lee asked, "How does kennel cough and canine flu differ in the dog population?  Dr. Fujie said that "Kennel cough has been around for a long time.  It is a catch-all term for an infectious tracheobronchitis in dogs and is usually caused by Bordetella Bronchiseptica bacteria.  It is often an infection with a concurrent viral infection.  Dogs will have a dry cough and will tend to gag at the end of the coughing spasm.  The dogs will usually act normal.  Kennel cough will usually resolve on its own, but we will often put the dogs on antibiotics.  Kennel Cough is very contagious and spreads fast when dogs are confined together.  It is rarely a fatal disease.  We currently vaccinate for kennel cough.  The vaccination is by injection or intranasal 
Veterinarians are concerned about the canine flu.  Canine influenza or dog flu is a new disease and veterinarians are seeing more cases on the West Coast, especially in California.  Dogs usually have a moist cough, lethargy and poor appetite in the mild form.  In the severe form, we usually will also see a high fever of 104 to 106F and lethargy.  Fatalities are 10 percent and most will recover in 2 to 3 weeks.

Watch the interview above and find out if any cases of flu has been transmitted to humans from dogs, what to do if when your dog is coughing and how to protect your dog from canine flu.

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