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Much like the human flu, the dog flu is extremely contagious. Fortunately, most dogs aren’t out and about socializing with dogs all day every day, so it’s a bit easier to keep them confined during flu season than your kids. Unfortunately, the dog flu has been a real problem this year, (much like the human flu). We’ve done all of the research for you, so you can sit back, relax, and read all about flu symptoms, prevention, and diagnosis!

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about the dog flu

The dog flu is much like the human flu; extremely contagious, and pretty much ruins your whole week. Symptoms mimic those of the human flu, making it somewhat easy to identify what Fido may be experiencing. Fortunately, dogs and humans can’t give each other the flu. The human flu can only be contracted by humans, and vice versa. The dog flu typically lasts between 10 and 30 days, if the symptoms are “mild”. The flu is very common during the colder months (just like the human flu). While it’s not contracted through cold weather, your dog’s immune system does work harder to keep warm during the winter. This can make it harder for your immune system to fight off disease. 

prevention

The dog flu can be spread through barking, sneezing, coughing, and sharing water bowls. If your dog regularly goes to dog barks, the groomer, or training, be extra careful. Try not to let them play with other dogs too much in the winter, and never let them drink from public water bowls. It’s fairly easy to keep your dog away from contagious pups, it just takes a little bit of extra effort. Fortunately, the dog flu is easily killed with most household cleaners. If you have four-legged guests over, make sure you wipe down surfaces (including the floor) with disinfectants. You should also be washing your hands after coming into contact with other dogs and humans. This will help both you and your dog stay away from germs. Luckily, your dog can’t get the flu from you, so you can have as many wet kisses from Fido as you want!

symptoms

A mild flu will typically go away on its own within the month. Symptoms may include coughing, nasal discharge, and sneezing. If your dog comes down with a severe flu, they may experience pneumonia, a high fever, and trouble eating. If the symptoms get severe, it’s time to call a vet. A severe flu will have your dog feeling awful very quickly. 

fighting the flu

Uh-oh, Fido has the flu, now what?  It’s important to keep an eye on your pooch when they have the flu to insure they get back on their paws. While a mild flu will most likely run its course and go away on its own, it’s still important to do everything you can to shorten its cycle. Making sure your dog is eating nutritional meals is key. A well-balanced diet will help to support their immune system and keep them strong enough to fight off the flu. You should also make sure your dog has a nice spot to call their own. What do you want when you’re sick? Peace and quiet, well, Fido will most likely want the same thing. Don’t try to force them to socialize with strangers; it’s best for them to get plenty of rest. 

A mild flu can be shortened through the use of vitamins and nutritious meals. If the flu becomes severe your vet can prescribe medication that will ease the symptoms and get your four-legged friends back to their playful self. 

Solid Gold SeaMeal

immune support

Did you take your daily vitamin today? What about your pooch? That’s right, dogs can take daily vitamins just like you! Some vitamins are designed for immune support, helping your dog fight off germs and diseases such as the common cold and flu. Solid Gold has an immune health booster made just for dogs. It also supports skin, coat, and digestive health. Each soft chew contains seaweed, flaxseed, vitamins, and omega fatty acids. Your pup will get a great dose of Vitamin B, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and even iron! All of these great ingredients work together to give your dog a healthy, shiny coat, and a stronger immune system. 

If you’re worried about the flu, this may be worth a shot! It can’t hurt, and it will work to keep your dog healthy, happy, and looking their best. It’s safe to use on dogs of all ages, even puppies and seniors.

Ingredients: Dried Seaweed Meal, Flaxseed, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Product, Dried Trichoderma Reesei Fermentation Solubles, Dried Rhizopus Oryzae Fermentation Product, Dried Pineapple, Dried Lemon Peel, Lactose

ecoimmune

Vet Organics has an all-natural immune system booster made specifically for dogs and cats. This supplement is great for fighting off, or preventing cold and flu symptoms. It’s also great for skin infections, chronic problems, and even allergies. It’s great for their respirator, circulatory, and cellular systems. All of the ingredients are safe to use on your pet, they’re even safe for humans (though we wouldn’t recommend it). If you’re looking for an all-natural way to help Fido fight off a disease, or prepare for the flu season, Ecoimmune is a great option.

Ecoimmune contains Chicken Liver Powder, Cod Liver, Magnesium Ascorbate, Proprietary Mixed Beta Glucan Blend, Echinacea Purpurea Herb 4%, Proprietary Mushroom Extract Blend, Proprietary Antioxidant Blend, Pantethine 20%, Zinc, Inert Ingredient: Silica (Human Food Grade).

bixbi

Bixbi immune support

Bixbi has a whole line of health supplements for dogs. Their immunity powder is great for fighting off diseases such as the flu. Especially during the winter months, it’s smart to add a supplement like this into your dog’s diet. Bixbi is made from a blend of healthy mushrooms that give your dog a wide range of antioxidants and polysaccharides to support their inflammatory responses and blood cell production. Bixbi is made and sourced in the USA with organic ingredients. We recommend Bixbi to any pup parent worried about the flu this winter season. It’s made with organic, natural ingredients that are safe for dogs of all ages, and contain simple, wholesome ingredients.

Ingredients: 

Organic Coriolus Versicolor, Organic Agaricus Blazei, Organic Reishi, Organic Shiitake, Organic Maitake, Organic Cordyceps, Organic King Trumpet, Organic Lion’s Mane.