The Dog Flu Is Spreading Across The U.S., Be Aware

The Flu this year is serious strain that if not taken care of quickly you can become very ill and hospitalized. There is even more bad news about this year's flu season: It is also affecting pets, too.

The flu strain in pets are different than the one that affect humans, it is just as contagious and even more so in dogs. The dog influenza has turned up everywhere from California to Pennsylvania and even Canada. In California alone over 50 cases has shown up in dogs.

If it is not treated properly it can be fatal for both dogs and cats. The Flu is spread through coughing, sneezing and barking. While I have been walking my dogs I have kept them away from other dogs because of this. When boarding your dog or taking your pet to the groomer you have to ask if any other animals are showing signs of sickness. Make sure when you return home you disinfect all leashes, collars, water and food bowls. 

Make sure your pets are up to date on all vaccinations. If your little furry friends show any signs of sickness you should take them to the veterinarian as soon as possible. They do have a flu vaccine for canines, and if you plan to groom or board your pets this winter season you really should have them vaccinated.

I personally did not get the flu shot for my dogs because they will not be boarded in a kennel and will not be around any other animals this season. Be familiar with your surroundings when with your pets.  Please take care of your pets especially that this time of year, the flu has not only affected us it has affected our furry friends.


  1. Oh wow, this is good to know! I'll be are to share. We don't have a dog, so I never realized they could catch the flu as well! Here's to everyone staying healthy!

  2. I had no idea dogs could catch the flu too! I will definetly be very cautious with my dog. Thank you for this great information!

    1. Hello Annie I know many people do not know they also can catch the flu, it is scary

  3. One of my dogs experienced what our vet called "equine flu" one year. It was so sad for her! I didn't fancy giving her fluids either, but never again, please!

  4. Thank you for the great information, I didn't even know that was a thing. Poor Puppy:(

  5. I didn't know dog flu was a thing. I can't imagine taking care of a sick dog.

  6. Our vet just sent an email talking about the dog flu and to watch for the signs. Serious stuff, thanks for the great info! Hope your dogs are good and healthy!

  7. Oh poor little pooch! Thank you for sharing such important information for all dog owners here at #BloggersPitStop.