For Dogs, Flu Season Isn’t Over

May 30, 2018

Dog flu (H3N2) is still spreading, infecting new pups each week. Just like in humans, dogs can experience coughing, sneezing, lethargy, and a lack of appetite. Things can also get serious without care—so make sure you watch for symptoms, follow local outbreaks, and tell friends about dog flu. You can also help keep your pup healthier with a few drops of immune supporting colloidal silver in their water bowl

Pockets of dog flu outbreaks have been all over the country this year—but they haven’t died out the way human flu season has. Dog flu is continuing to spread to new cities. Highly contagious for dogs, the virus very easily spreads between pooches, especially if they share toys or water bowls (another reason to add colloidal silver to pet bowls), and dog flu can even be spread by humans. Humans can carry dog flu on hands and clothes between one dog and another for up to 24 hours. So if you’re a dog lover who can’t stop from petting every dog you see, make sure you’re also doing plenty of hand washing!

This isn’t a kennel disease, although kennels, doggy daycares, and other gathering places could potentially spread dog flu quickly. This is a disease that can easily spread home to home, or just through the neighborhood when you’re walking your dog. Don’t underestimate dog flu, and if you see symptoms in your pet, take them to a vet to get tested.

There’s also a dog flu vaccine, although it has the same weaknesses as the human flu shot—the flu virus is constantly mutating, making an effective, up-to-date vaccine difficult to obtain.

Can humans get dog flu? Not generally, although mammal to mammal flu sometimes occurs with close contact (like pig, horse, seal, and other flus). If your dog gets sick, wash your hands and frequently change and wash the fabrics your pet sleeps on.

As dog flu could pop up anywhere (it’s a small world with all the travel that happens) make sure you’ve got a bit of immune support for your pet each day with a few drops of colloidal silver in their water bowl (it will also help keep that water a bit more fresh for outdoor pups).

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