Canine Influenza

It is that time of the year that canine flu is spreading fast. I thought it is worth writing a wee post reminding everyone the symptoms and how to deal with a kennel cough (dog flu). Even if your dog was vaccinated against Kennel Cough it doesn’t really protect them from it. Any dog can get it as it spreads super fast. Roger had it once and it was awful 4 weeks.

Canine Influenza

Canine influenza is really a dog flu. It is caused by varieties of influenzavirus A, such as equine influenza virus H3N8. Because of the lack of previous exposure to this virus, dogs have no natural immunity to it. It is a disease which a high incidence of symptoms but a low incidence of death.


  1. Mild:
  • cough which is moist
  • discharge from nose
  • will last 10-30 days

2. Severe:

  • high fever
  • develop signs very quickly
  • the virus affects capillaries in the lungs
  • dog may cough blood
  • trouble breathing

According to my vet general symptoms are:

  • coughing
  • sneezing
  • anorexia
  • fever
  • malaise
  • red and runny eyes
  • runny nose

Exposed to Kennel Cough

If your dog was exposed to Kennel Cough, you should try to keep your dog away for at least 10-14 days away from others as the incubation period, if your dog doesn’t show any symptoms.

If your dog has symptoms you need to keep the walks short, let your dog rest and keep it away from other dogs during its illness and then 2 weeks from the last symptom.

In case if you are racing or showing your dogs if your dog doesn’t have symptoms you need to keep your dog away for at least 21 days.

It’s possible for people to give their dogs the virus, too. If an infected dog coughs or sneezes on you, the virus can survive on your skin for 2 minutes and for a day or longer on your clothes and then it could be passed on to another dog.

My dog has a kennel cough

So your dog got kennel cough symptoms, so what now? You can kick it naturally.

  • give your dog a quiet and comfortable place to rest
  • let your dog has a lot of fluids
  • short walks
  • honey is a good remedy (just one spoon 3 times a day)
  • very often the vet prescribe antibiotics