This flu season, a new virus has appeared: and early indications are that it can spread from humans to dogs.
While humans have had only mild symptoms so far (coughing, stomach pain) dogs seem to develop symptoms rapidly, and if not treated immediately can die within 24 hours.
Here are the symptoms to watch for:
-Although unconfirmed by laboratories, it seems onset begins with a sick owner.
-Severe stomach pain
-(Usually) bloody diarrhea.
Owners have also reported an inability to bark (sore throat?) and lack of interest in food.
Any of these symptoms are reasons to call your vet immediately.
Just like with humans, there is something you can do to keep your furry companions healthy. Hand washing is a must. Everyone loves petting dogs, and while you may traditionally think of it as dogs getting you dirty, this flu season you need to remember to wash your hands frequently (especially if you’re sick), or you may be the one giving your dog germs.
And of course, support your pet’s immune system. Same rules apply! Take your pet for a walk (or, if they’re older, try a milder form of exercise around the house), feed them high quality dog food (you can even make your own if you have more time than money), and make sure they get plenty of love and rest. If you want to go a step further, add a little colloidal silver to your pet’s water bowl, they’re immune systems benefit from it just like humans.
Flu season might also be a good time to wash your pet’s bedding a little more often than usual.
Do you live in Michigan? Do you have any details you can share, like more symptoms to watch for?