Deadly Dog Flu Surfaces On U.S. Southern East Coast

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Keeping our dogs safe, healthy, and happy are our number one priorities as a dog owner. Please read this article carefully, check for symptoms in your dog, and share this article with friends and family. The Charleston Animal Society in South Carolina has issued a warning to all dog owners to keep an eye out for signs of a dangerous flu virus that has surfaced. This virus can sometimes be deadly.

This virus is not dangerous to humans, however, canine influenza is extremely contagious to other dogs. This is why keeping an eye out for symptoms at all times is extremely important.

Experts say that a dog’s cough can travel up to 20 feet and the virus can remain alive for up to 24 hours. The virus could even potentially develop into pneumonia.

Please continue to the next page for important information on the symptoms and what you should do if you think your dog may have contracted canine influenza. Keep reading.

“People should be in touch with their personal veterinarian on whether a flu shot is a good idea for their pet,” said Charleston Animal Society Senior Director of Veterinary Care Lucy Fuller. “Situations like this really highlight why it’s important to have a veterinarian in your pet’s life.”

Symptoms to watch for are:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Low Energy
  • Fever
  • Lack of Appetite

If your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms — contact your veterinarian immediately. Please watch the video below for more information.

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Source: ABCNews