Vets warn pet owners about canine flu


National News

October 31, 2019 - 10:12 AM

Canine flu symptoms are mainly respiratory, with coughing, sneezing and a runny nose, followed by fever and sometimes a lack of eating. The virus is not known to infect humans. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)

As pet owners protect themselves against flu this season, vets say they should also be thinking about their dog.

While canine flu, unlike the influenza that infects humans, is a year-round virus, some veterinarians use the flu season to talk to pet owners about keeping their pets healthy.

The highly contagious H3N2 canine flu strain quickly spread throughout the Chicago area in 2015 and was believed to have originated in dogs brought in from South Korea, said Natalie Marks, medical director at Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago.

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