Four Signs that Your Pet May Have the Flu

Flu season is among us, and in some areas, it’s even becoming an epidemic. Though you may feel a bit relieved after receiving your flu shot this year, it’s important to note that we two-legged folks aren’t the only ones susceptible to the respiratory illness—our furry friends are as well. Not to worry, catching these signs early can save your pooch or feline from feeling under the weather for an extended period of time.

Look out for these four signs in your pet’s behavior that could indicate influenza:

#1. Coughing

Like in humans, when pets get the flu, they develop a cough. This cough can cause your pet’s throat to become sore. Be sure to keep plenty of fresh, clean water available for your pet if their dry cough is giving them trouble.

#2. Sneezing

Unfortunately for our furry ones, tissues aren’t exactly a pet’s best friend. When your pet sneezes, their germs from their illness spread to surrounding areas. If you notice your pet sneezing, be sure to separate them from other animals in the home, as the flu is highly contagious.

#3. Lack of Appetite

Is your pet not taking advantage of meal time like they usually do? That’s not a good sign. While your pet’s palate may change over time, neglecting to eat could mean that they are not feeling their best.

#4. Restlessness

When you are sick, it’s safe to say that you don’t feel like doing much of anything. The same goes for our pets. If you notice your spunky pooch or kitty is a little more lethargic than usual, monitor their behavior. If it extends over a long period of time, contact your vet.

Knowing your furry friend isn’t feeling their best is a tough burden to carry. If you notice any of the above signs in your pet’s behavior, be sure to consult your veterinarian as soon as you can, as the flu can turn into pneumonia if ignored. Your pet will likely be treated with antibiotics to prevent the illness from becoming any worse. When there is illness like the flu in humans or pets – close contact should be avoided and practicing good sanitary habits, like washing your hands with soap and warm water, is always a good idea. A healthy, nutritional diet and hydration are also essential in fighting off the flu.

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Pet News Roundup: Pit Bull Awareness Month, Halloween events for your pets, and could your cat catch the flu?

Here on The Dish, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the pet food industry. We’ll have a mix of articles, statistics, news and fun facts from a variety of pet industry sources.

  • Halloween is going to the Dogs: From puppy parades to dog derbies, towns all across America are having dog-themed Halloween events. Want to join in on the fun? Read more in this article by Yahoo! to see if there are pet-friendly events near you!
  • Study Shows High Numbers of the Flu in Cats: A new study has found that about 30 percent of cats are infected with the flu every year. Learn more about the effects of the flu season on your pet in this Yahoo! article.
  • National Pit Bull Awareness Month: Did you know that October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month? Check out this article by Dogster to learn more about the history behind the prejudices and what pit bulls are really like!
  • Amazing Dog Photos: Who can resist these cuties? We’re almost certain no one can! Take a peek at some of the spectacular photos from the Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year Contest – you don’t want to miss these!
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