Can Dogs Get Swine Flu?

sad dogDon’t worry, pet parents–experts say the current strain of the H1N1 (aka: swine flu) virus poses little risk to dogs and cats.

Swine flu aside, it IS the season for the common flu (canine influenza), so it’s important to keep an eye on your pet’s health and watch for these signs:

-If your dog is exhibiting flu-like symptoms, including coughing, nasal discharge or fever (normal dog and cat temperature is 101 to 102.5 degrees), play it safe and avoid taking him to places like dog parks, where he can pass on germs or come into contact with unvaccinated or sick dogs.

-Make sure your pet is eating, drinking and playing as he normally does each day. If you notice your pet behaving unusually, or if he has flu-like symptoms, check in with your veterinarian immediately.

Source: aspca.org

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