Canine Influenza at a glance

  • Canine influenza is a highly contagious virus and is spread from one dog to another dog via respiratory secretions.
  • Almost all dogs can be susceptible to infection with canine influenza viruses.
  • A single cough from an infected dog can spread the virus up to 20 feet onto clothing items, hands, and the environment.
  • This disease has a relatively short incubation period of 2 to 5 days.
  • Affected pets can be ill up to 6 weeks and are infectious to other dogs for up to 21 days.
  • During this infectious period, we recommend isolating ill pets from well pets.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs of dog flu infection include cough, runny nose, depressed appetite, lethargy and fever,  but not all dogs will show signs of illness. The severity of illness associated with dog flu can range from no signs to severe illness resulting in pneumonia and sometimes death.


* Please call us right away if you have any questions about Canine Influenza, or your pet is exhibiting any signs of the virus.


847-885-3344


Two canine influenza viruses have been identified in the Chicagoland area:

an influenza A H3N8 virus and an influenza A H3N2 virus.



Prevention is the best course of action in protecting your dog from Canine Influenza.

The Canine Influenza Vaccine is available at Golf Rose Animal Hospital.


Call now and start protecting your dog today.