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The truth about the dog flu and why you SHOULDN'T worry

As a dog groomer and daycare owner I hear a lot about the dog flu. My dogs come to work with me every day all year long. I do not worry about the dog flu. The only dogs at high risk are young puppies, sick and immunocompromissed dogs. Its just like the human flu, we all get it, it runs its course and we go on with our lives. Unless you have a dog in a high risk catagory there is no need to keep your dog home for months. If you dog does exhibit signs of sickness; runny nose, coughing, sneezing, lethargy, diarrhea, keep them home for the next 7-10 days to avoid spreading infection. 

 

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The following are excerps from the article linked at the bottom of the page:

 

"Just like the human flu, canine influenza is a self limiting, normal illness that, in the vast majority of dogs, amounts to a couple of days of feeling sick."

"It takes two shots spaced two to four weeks apart, then an additional seven days for the flu vaccine to protect your dog (and remember, protection doesn’t mean your dog still won’t get the dog flu). Chances are, by the time your dog is protected, the flu epidemic will be gone."

"It seems to be getting harder to (determine) when a disease is real and when it is being ‘pushed’ by vaccine or drug manufacturers these days,” commented veterinarian Dr Margaret Mason, a vet in Carpenteria, Calif.


"Vaccination causes immune suppression … and that’s one really big reason why you should avoid the flu vaccine. Let’s take a critical look at the flu vaccine …It takes two shots spaced two to four weeks apart, then an additional seven days for the flu vaccine to protect your dog (and remember, protection doesn’t mean your dog still won’t get the dog flu). Chances are, by the time your dog is protected, the flu epidemic will be gone. But let’s say you want to vaccinate your dog anyway, because there’s dog flu in your area and you’re concerned. Fair enough.So you take your dog to the vet for his first shot. This will suppress his immune system for a good week (and that means that for the next week, he’s more at risk to catch the flu and to suffer more symptoms because the vaccine has trashed his immune system). Then you take him in for a second shot a few weeks later. And once again, your dog isn’t yet protected, but you’ve once more sent his immune system into a tailspin and made him more likely to catch the flu should he come into contact with another sick dog (and you’ve also made him more likely to catch any other disease he may come across). And if your dog is lucky enough to have not caught the flu while he’s being vaccinated (get the irony here?), but unlucky enough to get the flu after he’s been vaccinated, he’s not necessarily protected!"
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Please realize it is flu season, for people and dogs. Cold winter weather, being cooped up indoors, less natural sunlight and fresh air. Everyone is prone to getting sick this time of year. BUT THERE IS NO NEED TO PANIC. More often than not dog who get really sick only represent a small fraction of the population, unfortunately the news likes to push these stories which does nothing except freak people out when there is no reason to! Also do your research more often than not the flu vaccine does more harm than it does good! The flu comes in many strains and just like to human vaccine it only protects against a few out of the hundreds of strains. The only dogs really at risk are very young puppies, very old dogs and immune-suppressed dogs. Regular healthy adult dogs are not at risk and even if they get the flu its likely just a few days of feeling under the weather.

If you dog is coughing, sneezing, has a runny nose, diarrhea or is under the weather please keep them at home for the next week to reduce the risk of exposing other dogs. Just like if you got the flu you would stay home from work or school for a couple days. Otherwise go out, have fun and enjoy the day! 

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-dog-flu-epidemic-the-real-truth/

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