Canine influenza virus in beagle dogs

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 reign of Queen Elizabeth. Later in modern times, it has been the subject in film, television and comic books. Same with other breed of dogs, these small dogs of ancient origin can also obtain canine influenza, a newly identified disease affecting dogs of all breeds.

Canine influenza, also called canine flu appears to be similar to Kennel Cough or Canine Tracheobronchitis. This disease was a common infection in horses and has transferred to dogs because of the exposure at greyhound track wherein horse racing and dog racing occurs. This disease is spread easily if dogs are kept together, 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.

Symptoms of canine influenza appear two to five days after a dog is exposed to the virus. These symptoms include sneezing, coughing and fever. This disease has two forms; mild infection and severe infection. Dogs suffering from mild experience soft, moist cough that lasts for around ten to thirty days, some dogs however suffered from dry cough. Low-grade fever as well as thick nasal discharge is also present in this condition. On the other hand, signs of severe infection include fever, increased respiratory rates with difficulty in breathing as well as other signs of pneumonia. Fever 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, vaccination against this disease is not yet available. Dog owners should take precautions since vaccine can not protect your Beagle dogs against this disease.