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North Texas vets watching for canine influenza in dogs

Symptoms to watch for include coughing, fever, sneezing, refusal to eat, or eye/nose discharge.

LEWISVILLE, Texas — You may not be the only one in the house feeling a little under the weather these days.

“In dogs there is such a thing as the complex of infectious respiratory diseases in dogswhich includes a bunch of different respiratory viruses,” said Dr. Sonya Hansen of BluePearl Pet Hospital North Texas in Lewisville. dog has to do exactly.”

Veterinarians in North Texas said they are closely monitoring respiratory illnesses, including kennel cough and dog flu.

“I know there have been cases in Texas,” said Dr. Hansen. “We haven’t had or reported any specific cases in our hospital yet in the Dallas area, but we know it’s moving.”

Symptoms to watch for include coughing, fever, sneezing, refusal to eat, or eye/nose discharge.

“If you notice your dog has nasal discharge, coughing or sneezing, I would advise (that you) not take your dog to a dog park or gathering, event,” Dr. Sandy Young, who works with Hansen, said.

“It’s highly contagious, so it’s spread from dog to dog and it’s mostly spread through respiratory secretions, so coughing and sneezing,” Hansen added. “If a dog sneezes into your hands or you pet a dog and then you pet your own dog, you could transfer it that way.”

People don’t have to worry about getting sick from their dogs, Dr. Hansen to WFAA.

If you notice changes in the color of your dog’s gums or if your pet can’t catch his breath, you should consider seeing the emergency vet, Hansen said.

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