Your dog could have the flu too

Posted at 5:48 PM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 17:48:25-05

Canine influenza best known as dog flu rarely leads to death. However, it’s really contagious among dogs. 

Dogs flu is a relatively new virus that only passes from dog to dog wither through contact, or items like dog bowls, toys, and human clothes. Veterinarian, Kevin Kumrow of Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center said it usually takes two hours of exposure for a dog to get it. 

Coughing, sneezing, feverish are some of the symptom of canine influenza. Good news, humans can not catch it. 

There are two strains of the virus. It's been reported in 46 states, including New York. So far, no cases have been reported in Western New York. In fact, there are a limited number of veterinary clinics with the vaccines. However, the vaccines are found at Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center. 

Dr. Kumrow thinks this virus will become more common as it spreads. However, dog owners shouldn't panic. 

"I think you have to let your dog be a dog. You know I wouldn't recommend putting your dog in a bubble from going to doggy daycare or visiting other pets. Pet owners just have to be aware and have to be conscientious if their dog seem like it's sick. You know, take it to a vet," Kumrow said.