Kennel cough and canine influenza virus (H3N8) are two very common infectious diseases in dogs and ones that have been a hot topic lately in the dog world.
Kennel cough has been around for a long time while Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) has been around since 2004. Both of these diseases can occur year round and can be compared to the human flu in some aspects. Both diseases are highly contagious and transmitted by dog to dog contact through respiratory secretions (coughing, sneezing, nasal drips), contaminated items (bowls, collars, leashes, cages, and even on human hands and clothing). Neither of these are spread to people readily, but the swine flu (H1N1) was found to be passed to pets from their infected owners. Kennel cough can be caused by a variety of agents, there are several strains at any given time and these strains can change, similar to the human flu virus. Kennel cough can be caused by any or multiple of the following: parainfluenza (virus), bordetella bronchiseptica (bacteria), mycoplasma (bacteria), canine adenovirus type 2, reovirus, and canine herpes virus (all viruses).CIV is caused by a single strain of an influenza virus that mutated from an equine influenza virus first discovered in 2004 in racing greyhounds in Florida.
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