4 Very Distinct and Essential Differences Between Human and Dog Influenza Viruses

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News of the recent outbreak of Canine Influenza, or H3N8 virus, in certain regions has many dog owners worried about their beloved pet’s health. With the human flu outbreak being one of the worst seasons on record, it is natural to feel the same concern for the precious four-legged buddies. It’s even more concerning when news stories report of dog flu outbreaks in many states. But how much is the family pet really at risk?

Canine H3N8 virus is not the same as the human strain so to date, dogs cannot get the flu from humans and animals cannot transfer their illness to their two-legged friends.

Both viruses have on common similarity – they are both contagious and easily transmitted from one body to another.  The pup flu’s symptoms are also very similar to their human companions. A sick doggie can have a runny nose, poor appetite, show signs of lethargy, develop a fever and have a cough. But that is where the similarities in the two sicknesses stop. There are many distinct differences between people and pet influenza.

Seasonal vs Non-Seasonal

Homosapien outbreaks tend to occur during certain times of the year, with fall and winter being the most common time for individuals to get sick. The animal virus is not seasonal and therefore, can affect pets anytime.

Localized Illness

Personal bugs can affect anyone anywhere and spreads quickly throughout the populations. Because this is the season to get sick, individuals from every state are at risk of catching the nasty germs.

Poochie flus are localized only to areas of exposure, meaning another pet must have the virus to transmit the disease to other mutts. Reports have varied in how many cities and states are currently experiencing the doggie outbreak which can be very confusing to concerned pet owners. Anyone with questions about their four-legged friend’s health is encouraged to contact their vet or vet’s website for more information.

Severity of Virus

Human Influenza bugs can be mild, severe, or life threatening. Thousands of people end up in the hospital every year with hundreds of fatalities annually. While it can take weeks for the dog to fully recover from their sickness, less than ten percent of animal illnesses are fatal.

Treating the Virus

Like personal care, giving the pooch, a lot of TLC is important in their recovery. Both people and pet viruses are very similar to help in the recovery period. Both need lots of rest and fluids to get better.  Sometimes both parties will need antibiotics or medical care to help get over their virus. If the animal’s symptoms persist, or are getting worse, make an appointment to see the pet’s vet right away.

No animal lover wants to see their furry friend sick. With the cold and flu season ravaging human populations, it is natural to be equally concerned for the doggie’s health and wellbeing. Many veterinarians and animal professionals will have information about the canine influenza illness and will happily answer the pet owner’s questions. For those that live in an area of risk, talking to a professional will educate and protect the furry family member from catching the virus.

For those who do not live in affected areas, staying up-to-date with the latest new updates will help reassure and prevent doggie’s from getting sick.

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