How to protect your dog from the flu

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Man’s buddy is not unsusceptible to the influenza.(iStock)

As Americans take care through this year’s lethal influenza season, there’ s one relative that must not be forgotten: the pet dog.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports extensive human influenza activity in 49 U.S. states, Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has actually reported an uptick in cases of the canine influenza infection H3N2, most significantly in California, Kentucky and Ohio.

Though the canine influenza is not zoonotic to human beings, pet owners must watch out for letting their animals have close contact with other canines at kennels, pet dog parks and day cares. Like the human influenza, pet dog influenza is spread out from canine to canine when they bark, cough or sneeze at one another, ABC News notes.

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“It’s unforeseeable how this occurs and actually depends upon when a pet dog who has actually been exposed to influenza gets presented to an environment where the infection can quickly spread out,” Dr. Amy Glaser, director of Cornell’s Molecular Diagnostics Animal Health Diagnostic Center, informed ABC of the infection.

When it pertains to evaluating if Fido’ s signs call for a check out to the veterinarian, Dr. Brian Collins, area chief and speaker of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Community Practice Service informed PetMD that the canine influenza is quickly misinterpreted for kennel cough. Collins states that a fever, remaining cough, reduced cravings, sleepiness and green discharge from the nose and eyes are most likely guaranteed indications that your four-legged member of the family has the influenza.

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Adding that though the pet influenza is a “major breathing disease ” and medications can be recommended, Glaser states that the majority of pet dogs will recuperate with rest and excellent nutrition. Canine owners need to make sure that Fido doesn’ t get too close to other home family pets, as H3N2 can be spread out among animals.

Meanwhile, if human relative are ill, Glaser states that they need to distance themselves from family pets, as felines and pets can contract the human influenza. As difficult as it might be to prevent cuddling up with animals on an ill day, keeping area assurances both a rapid healing and active avoidance for all.

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Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

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