Yes, Your Dog Can Catch the Flu!

By Species, Care & Wellness, Dogs, Infectious Diseases

Influenza can be just as devastating for dogs as it is for people. Also, it is difficult to predict how a pet will react to a flu virus. Some dogs may have serious health issues, while others experience only minor symptoms from canine flu.

Once a pet contracts the flu virus, it can be a long and difficult treatment regime for your dog,  especially if they develop pneumonia, which is a potential complication. Dogs with a compromised immune systems have died from canine flu complications.

Since treatment can be prolonged and costly, the best way to avoid problems is to have your pet vaccinated before exposure. Yes, like the human counterpart, the vaccine does not always guarantee 100% protection, however, those that do get exposed will often have only minor symptoms and a much shorter period of illness.

If your pet will be in an area with a higher concentration of dogs, such as a dog park or a boarding facility, it is important that they are vaccinated against canine Influenza. To schedule a consultation about vaccinations, please call CEDARCREST Animal Hospital at 540-943-7577.

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic provides medical and surgical care for every stage of your pet's life including preventive wellness care exams and vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care for your dog, cat, avian, or exotic. We are home to the only veterinarian practitioner in Virginia to be double Boarded in Avian and Canine/Feline care and provide care for birds, small mammals, and reptiles of all sorts! Plus, we are home to Virginia's most exclusive dog boarding resort that includes heated floors, an expansive play area, and even webcams so you can watch your pet while you're away. We're located in Fishersville, Virginia, and serve Augusta County and surrounding areas including Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. 

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