Does Your Dog Need a Flu Shot?

Veterinarian Marty Becker on protecting your pooch from the flu.
4:48 | 11/22/11

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Many pet owners make sure there Dodds received preventative care for illnesses like rabies and heart -- -- Adding -- shot to your -- annual vet visit. Outbreaks of the H three and eight virus also is the -- -- are currently on the rise in several states including new York New Jersey and taxes. After Marty Becker a veterinarian and featured correspondent -- -- joins us now obvious from Idaho. With his dodge DOD there with more on the flu virus doctor -- thanks so much as always for joining -- goal. -- -- More about that dogs -- just how big a risk is this to dogs. It's actually started about six years going reaching -- towns in Florida has not been seen in thirty states of the -- think she mentioned the Carolinas. Colorado and also the midwest in Kansas and things it's it's a really. Big risk and increasing you know. We're it's a very mobile virus and were very mobile society in Minneapolis for example will be traveling over the holidays ticker that's what -- -- one from an infected area one person goes to an infected -- and bring it back. Check air dogs and then start -- operate in their neighborhood and in their community. This serious how does it spread is this an air aren't enough -- You know -- on -- flight yesterday there was a lady next -- was -- and you know I thought. You do more than a plastic bubble because I know I'm close confined like an -- how flu virus can spread. Sure that's -- in in this situation close confinement we think -- involved it's optional. Due to take into boarding dogs and daycare. -- even -- there on the streets you know I think. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- The flu. Regardless -- an area and they cough -- -- and -- -- -- -- comes in contact with the -- house where. We're stocks don't wash their -- like we wash our hands but there -- a vaccine for H three N eight did not seem to be getting this shot does DOD that you have in your lap or does he have them. Good point you know when we -- something we can't -- people clear Kleenex when they coffers -- is just completely air slides in. You know the -- that actually never talk to local better to find out if fewer it is a risk in your area or your pet as a real -- some breeds in some individuals -- are. Yeah. Only got to got a backseat for purity because he's important lot. I -- looking at the question are humans is just like bird flu where humans -- any risk of getting a flu from their job. No it's never -- spread to humans -- Chavez was the first influenza virus in dogs there's a lot of interest -- -- so far he started. Horses went to dogs but it is not -- to humans. Vaccine should mention is that -- vaccine series if you. -- General I think around the country about fifty dollars ever else but and you gotta get the second knows the forger. Entirely protected but. Once I want to mention what this flu what they're finding out is that. The flu causes permanent damage to the loans even if the dog doesn't develop secondary pneumonia so. You know when -- showing any signs of coughing and sneezing and -- and -- their appetite that it can go to secondary bacterial infection which is. It's really in -- moment which is really serious. But even that often don't know. Developed pneumonia and serious permanent lung damage and you know you protect your dog against an oncoming car angry -- it's -- attack -- an opinion will you concede on the outside the -- up -- things we can't see on the inside and that's why -- the recommendation your veterinarian. So what's an iPad owner do if they see some of the symptoms that you just mentioned is there good treatment out there for dobbs Lou. It's kind of like the flu in humans or you just make sure they're well hydrated and that their appetites these welfare reform and actually uses -- -- just like you -- you -- used UPQ and a unit -- -- very -- actually use that for -- but. Key you know because it is a virus there's really no no and -- experts for bacteria. But the key is just to prevent the problem. -- the flu shot for Johnson those affected areas that's what you're recommending Marty Becker. Thanks so much for joining us and -- already there to take care. -- -- -- Google's diesel rates. At Atlanta. -- patent.

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