Dog influenza was first identified in 2004. It primarily infects the respiratory system and is extremely contagious. There are two types of canine flu. The mild flu will make dogs have a cough that is typically moist with some nasal discharge.
The symptoms usually last 10-15 days. The severe flu will cause dogs to have a high fever (over 104). Pneumonia can also develop. Dogs may cough up blood and have trouble breathing. Symptoms for severe dog flu include coughing, sneezing, fever, malaise, and/or runny nose.
Treatment usually comes in the form of antibiotics. If severe, hospitalization and isolation are necessary until the dog is stable. Any dog that is suspected to have canine flu should be isolated from other dogs. Canine influenza is not a contagion issue for humans or other species.
On April 16, PAWS Chicago launches its 2015 Speaker Series with panelists Sgt. Mark George, head of the Chicago Police Department's Animal Crimes Unit; Cari Meyers, founder of The Puppy Mill Project; Laurie Maxwell, PAWS Chicago's community outreach manager, PAWS For Life; and John Caruso, PAWS Chicago's humane education manager. The event is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the PAWS Chicago Training Center at 1933 N. Marcey St.