Are all dogs at risk of getting canine influenza?
Crystal, because dogs haven’t been exposed to this virus before, they’re not likely to have any degree of immunity to it. This means that yes, all dogs are theoretically susceptible to canine influenza and if they’re exposed to it, the majority become infected. The risk of exposure varies depending on your dog’s lifestyle. If your pup is a bit of a homebody and tends not to mix with a lot of other dogs, then they’re at much lower risk of coming across the virus compared to a pooch that visits the dog park, grooming salon etc.
Fortunately, most dogs that are infected with canine influenza are only mildly affected – they often have a soft cough, they sneeze and are lethargic with a fever. They have usually made a full recovery after a couple of weeks. Some dogs develop pneumonia which is much more serious. This is an extremely contagious virus but there is a vaccination available for dogs in high risk situations. It’s a good idea to discuss your dog’s situation with your vet and work out if vaccination is appropriate for them.
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