According to clinical data studies (currently under peer review) at the University of Wisconsin, this new strain of Dog Flu is likely has a longer, up to 24 days, contagious period--making it more of a concern.
The virus spreads rapidly, especially at boarding facilities, groomers, doggy day cares, dog parks and other spots where dogs co-mingle.
The Dog Flu virus can be spread by direct contact with respiratory discharge from infected dogs, through the air via a cough or sneeze, and by contact with contaminated objects such as dog bowls and clothing, or by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs.
Dog owners whose dogs are coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease should not participate in activities or bring their dogs to facilities where other dogs can be exposed to the virus.
Clothing, equipment, surfaces, and hands should be cleaned and disinfected after exposure to dogs showing signs of respiratory disease.
Contact your veterinarian if your dog has the following symptoms:
- Discharge from the nose or eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Lethargy/lack of energy
Treatment consists mainly of supportive care, such as fluids and medication to help a dog be more comfortable. With severe illness, hospitalization is necessary.