Veterinarians in North Texas are Closely Monitoring Canine Influenza

Published on Dec 1, 2022 12:00 AM
Veterinarians in North Texas are Closely Monitoring Canine Influenza

Veterinarians in North Texas said they are keeping a close eye on kennel cough and canine influenza with increasing respiratory illnesses.

This winter, not only you but also your dogs are sick. Coughing, fever, sneezing, refusal to eat and discharge from the eyes and nose are all symptoms of canine flu. Besides, canine flu is complicated because a bunch of viral infections may be the cause.

"In dogs, there's something called the canine infectious respiratory disease complex, which encompasses a bunch of different respiratory viruses," said Dr. Sonya Hansen from BluePearl Pet Hospital North Texas in Lewisville.
"It can be viruses and actually bacterial infections. And it can present very similarly, so we often don't know which one particularly a dog is being affected with," added Dr.Hansen.

The cases have been reported in Texas, but not in the Dallas area. However, with the spreading rate, there is the possibility of it in the near future.

“We haven't specifically had any cases at our hospital yet or reported right in the Dallas area, but we know that it is moving,” said Dr. Hansen.

Many symptoms are associated with the disease, necessitating immediate attention and isolation from the pet owner.

"If you notice your dog has some, like, nasal discharge, coughing or sneezing, I would advise (that you) don't bring your dog to any dog park or gathering, event," said Dr. Sandy Young, who works with Hansen.

Respiratory infections are highly contagious and spread quickly from one person to another. 

"It is highly contagious, so it's spread from dog to dog and it's usually spread in respiratory secretions, so through the cough and sneeze," said Dr. Hansen. 

Dr. Hansen also talked about the transfer of the infections.

"If a dog were to sneeze on your hands or you were to pet a dog and then you were to pet your own dog, you could transmit it that way," said Dr. Hansen.

According to Dr. Hansen, humans should not be concerned about getting sick from their dogs. However, if they notice changes in their dog's gum color or the pet cannot catch its breath, they should seek immediate medical attention. In such cases, any pet owner should consider visiting an emergency veterinarian.