The first canine influenza virus strain reported in the United States was an H3N8 influenza A virus, beginning in 2004.
However, in 2015, an outbreak occurred in Chicago. It was caused by a new canine influenza virus, H3N2. After analyzing it, this strain was almost genetically identical to a strain that had only been reported in Korea, China, and Thailand. A strain that is believed to have mutated from an avian influenza virus into a canine influenza virus. Thousands of dogs have been infected all across the country since that outbreak occurred.
Two clinical syndromes have been reported in infected dogs, a moderate form of the disease and a more severe form, which is generally accompanied by pneumonia.
Prevention and Treatment
Depending on your dog's current exposure to the canine influenza virus, there are two different dosing protocols:
#1. Your dog is not yet sick, but potential exposure is a real possibility. For instance, if dogs in your area are starting to get infected.
Give your canine companion one pellet of Phosphorus 30C every day right before bed. Please consider that Phosphorus 30C is not a treatment that can be given repeatedly and causelessly, so only do it if canine influenza is clearly in your area. Consult your veterinarian as needed.
#2. Your dog is already infected with canine influenza.
Administer three doses of Phosphorus 30C. One before bed, one in the morning and another one at night, before bed. Just those three doses. Then assess your dog's condition over the next 24 hours and observe any signs of improvement. If you notice improvement, stop administering Phosphorus 30C.
If the improvement ceases, give your dog one pellet before bed and watch again for 6 to 12 hours. Remember, if your dog is showing any signs of improving, no further dosing should be given. Please consult your veterinarian if the first three doses don't yield positive results.
You should also avoid touching the Phosphorus 30C pellets with your bare hands. To administer them, just put one piece into the container's cap, open your dog's mouth wide, pointing the nose up, and pour the pellet down your pet's throat.
If this method is not adequate for you or your dog, then you can fold a file card, crush the pellet or pellets on top of it with a glass or bottle and pour the powder into a half cup of purified water. Be sure to stir well before each dose and give your dog half a teaspoon of this water solution.
If you don't see any improvement at all, then stop using Phosphorus 30C and give Nux vomica 30C a try, with the same indications and doses. Inform your vet about this change.
Phosphorus 30C is a white phosphorus homeopathic formula that is officially included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States.
Nux vomica comes from a tree by the same name. The seeds are also known as poison nut, and just like the name implies, they are toxic and must be treated to make them safe before they are consumed. This supplement can then be purchased in a pill or powder form.
Herbal Immune Support
Additional natural remedies can be used to support your dog's immune system in the fight against the canine influenza virus, although their utilization and dosage should be consulted with your dog's vet.
Echinacea or purple coneflowers can generate immunostimulatory activity.
Turmeric, from the ginger family, can modulate the immune response to improve health condition.
Hochuekkito, a Japanese herb, activates the energy metabolism in infected cells and helps maintain metabolic homeostasis similar to that in uninfected cells, which reduces the severity of the disease.
Boneset, a typical North American perennial plant in the sunflower family, protects cells from infection by inhibiting the canine influenza viral attachment to the host cells.
Recovery and Veterinary Support
Homeopathic phosphorus might help your dog get rid of any current strain of canine influenza, and you will easily notice the improvement, mostly by how frequently your dog is coughing. When the coughing is less frequent and less intense, your pet is getting better.
Always keep your veterinarian informed about your intentions since these natural remedies can interfere with the absorption or objective of other treatments your dog might be taking. And although it can seem like the safe thing to do, please avoid using these natural remedies unless your dog really needs them.