Can Your Dog or Cat Get the Flu?

This year’s flu season was one of the worst in recent memory. You know that the flu is potentially very dangerous for humans and that you should get the flu vaccine in order to protect yourself and others. But did you know that your pets can catch the flu, too? Today, Clover Vet would like to discuss the flu situation with you. Here how the flu can affect York County pets and why cat and dog vaccines for the flu are so important:

  • How do pets catch the influenza virus? Studies have shown that pets can catch the flu, as well as other viruses, from humans. While not common, it is possible and is another reason to be alert during flu season. To help prevent your pet from catching the flu, try to keep your dog or cat away from anyone who is sick.
  • What are the signs of the flu in pets? Recognizing flu symptoms in your pets can save them from harm. If your pet displays any of these signs, call our veterinarian in York County immediately:
    • Discharge from the nose or eyes (whether it’s clear, contains mucus, or is bloody)
    • Coughing, wheezing, or hacking
    • Difficulty breathing or abnormal breath patterns
    • Unusual drowsiness
    • Vomiting, diarrhea, or other digestive problems 
  • Vaccines help prevent the flu. Vaccines are available for Canine Parainfluenza Virus (CPV) and Canine Influenza Virus (CIV). (There is no specific flu virus or flu vaccination for cats, but they can carry strains of the illness and exhibit symptoms.) Ask a York County veterinarian about these and other dog vaccines, especially before flu season begins. Our vets understand your concern for your pets and you can rely on us to give you accurate information on what’s best for your pet.

If your pet is feeling a little under the weather, call Clover Vet. We’re here to help your pet stay happy and healthy during flu season and all year long.

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