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Facts About Canine Influenza In Beagle Dogs

Feb 13, 2008
It was around 2,000 years ago when Beagle dogs first came into existence. In fact it has been depicted in various literature and paintings during the time of Queen Elizabeth. Even today, Beagle dogs are popular subject on televisions, film and comic books. Just like other breed of dogs, Beagle dogs can also develop canine influenza, a newly identified disease affecting dogs.

Canine influenza or canine flu appears to be similar to Kennel cough or Canine Tracheobronchitis. This disease, a common infection in horses has transferred to dogs because of the exposure at greyhound track wherein horse racing and dog racing took place. Dogs kept together spread this disease easily, but could also be passed on the street or in kennels. This airborne disease is spread by infected dogs through sneezing or coughing on another. This is also spread through direct contact with a contaminated surface.

Signs of this disease is similar to kennel cough, generally appears two to five days after a dog is exposed to the virus. These signs include sneezing, coughing and fever. However, this disease is categorized into two; mild infection and severe infection. Most dogs suffering from mild infection of canine influenza exhibits a soft, moist cough that lasts for around ten to thirty days, some dogs however have dry cough. Low-grade fever as well as thick nasal discharge is also present in this condition. In severe infection, symptoms include fever, increased respiratory rates with difficulty in breathing and other clinical signs of pneumonia. Fever usually ranges from 104 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nasal discharge in mild infection can be treated with broad-spectrum bactericidal antimicrobial. Antibiotic is also used in treating this disease. Pneumonia caused by bacterial superinfection often accompanies this disease. This condition is best treated with hydration through intravenous administration of fluids. Broad-spectrum bactericidal antimicrobial is also used in treating severe infection of canine influenza. If your dog is showing any or all of these signs, consult your veterinarian immediately. Your vet's diagnosis is important in treating this canine disease.

Unfortunately, vaccines can not protect dogs from this disease. Vaccination against canine influenza is not yet available today. Owners should take necessary caution in order to protect their beloved dogs.
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