Canine flu is a viral infection and symptoms include coughing, nasal/eye discharge, and fever.
If your dog has any of the symptoms described above, please keep them away from other dogs and contact your veterinarian. If your dog has decreased appetite or thirst, is lethargic, or has any difficulty breathing, see a veterinarian immediately.
Just like with human influenza, most who contract the disease will make a full recovery without intervention.
Canine flu is highly contagious, but fortunately, there is a vaccination available to help protect against the current strain of flu virus. The SF SPCA is recommending this vaccine for dogs who are regularly around large groups of other dogs at places like dog parks, daycare, boarding facilities, and group walking.
The vaccine requires two injections, given 2-4 weeks apart, plus an annual booster. ______________________________________________________________________________ *https://www.sfspca.org/canineflu
- Acetaminophen: First Aid: Induce vomiting and use activated charcoal slurry. Seek Attention immediately.
- Antihistamines and Decongestants: First Aid: If the dog is alert induce vomiting and use activated charcoal slurry and seek veterinary attention.
- Arsenic: First Aid: If ingested induce vomiting and use activated charcoal slurry, Seek Veterinary Attention.
- Aspirin: First Aid: Induce vomiting and use activated charcoal slurry, Seek Veterinary Attention.
- Batteries: First Aid: Do not induce vomiting, Seek veterinary attention.
- Borate: First Aid: Induce vomiting if ingested and use activated charcoal slurry, seek veterinary attention. If on the skin, thoroughly wash the pet with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly. Ensure that you wear protective clothing/gloves to prevent yourself from becoming exposed.
- Chocolate: First Aid: Induce vomiting, Seek Veterinary Attention.
- Iron: First Aid: Induce vomiting and give Milk of Magnesia to bond with the iron reducing absorption into the body. Egg, water, or milk may also be given. Seek veterinary attention. (Activated charcoal will not bind with iron.)
- Lead: First Aid: If ingested induce vomiting, seek veterinary attention.
- Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs: First Aid: Induce vomiting and use activated charcoal slurry, Seek Veterinary Attention.
- Raisons and Grapes: First Aid: Induce vomiting and use activated charcoal slurry, Seek Veterinary Attention.
- Rodent Poison: First Aid: If poison as just ingested induce vomiting with activated charcoal or syrup of ipecac, Seek Veterinary Attention.
- Snail and Slug Bait: First Aid: Give milk and induce vomiting. Seek veterinary attention.
- Zink: First Aid: Induce vomiting and use activated charcoal slurry, Seek veterinary attention.
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Dog Poisoning Symptoms
Signs that a dog may have been poisoned are most often drooling, vomiting, fatigue, convulsions, lethargy, and loss of coordination. although there are a great many things that can make a dog become sick, this combination of multiple symptoms in an otherwise healthy animal with no pre-existing medical conditions is symptomatic of poisoning.
The majority of poisoning cases will fall into one of two categories, ingestion of corrosives or ingestion of non-corrosives. For the purpose of providing you with a set of guidelines to follow, the following is the basic first aid for each.
In either instance, perform basic first aid by checking the airway, breathing and circulation. Although some poisons may have no antidote the sooner that it is removed, the less effect it will have, and less irreparable damage it may cause.
How to Induce Vomiting
- Syrup of ipecae -1/4 to 1 teaspoon per dose but no more than 2 doses. Given with a large syringe, turkey baster or bulb syringe directly into the back of the throat. Hold the snout closed until the dog swallows then release, if done correctly the dog should begin vomiting within minutes.
- Hydrogen Peroxide 3% (standard)- Mix 1 part Peroxide to 1 part water, use a turkey baster as an applicator and give 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight. The dog should begin to vomit within five minutes.
- Activated Charcoal – DO NOT GIVE CHARCOAL WITH SYRUP OF IPECAC- Available in capsule form and can be administered orally every four hours in two to several ounces of water.
- Salt- One half to one teaspoon of salt, placed at the back of the tongue.
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