Dogs can get flu, too!

Canine influenza has been cause for alarm this season, with many cases popping up across North America.

While most experts agree there’s no reason to panic, it’s important to monitor your dog, and contact a veterinarian if he displays any of the following flu symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Nasal and eye discharge
  • Decreased appetite
  • Lethargy

In the meantime, take steps to keep your dog as healthy as possible. “The very best prevention is to build up the health of your animal,” says holistic veterinarian Dr. Christina Chambreau. “Feed the very best diet, supplement with some immune boosters and antioxidants, avoid any additional toxins such as chemical flea or tick ‘preventatives’, and decrease stress.” Dr. Chambreau also suggests washing your hands after socializing with other dogs, and incorporating an energy healing method such as Reiki into your daily routine. “I do not recommend using the flu vaccine as it can cause chronic illness by weakening the general vitality of some dogs,” she adds.