Louisiana veterinarians warn dog owners of dog flu

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Veterinarians across the country are warning dog owners of the potentially fatal dog flu.

According to reports, the dog flu has recently sickened thousands and killed at least eight dogs in Chicago, Illinois. Another dog was reported to be infected with the virus in Houston. On Wednesday, one more case popped up in Atlanta.

Dr. Kirk Ryan with the LSU Veterinarian School said there haven't been any dog flu cases confirmed in Louisiana, but people need to be aware of the warning signs.

He said the dog flu is similar to the human flu. Owners should look out for symptoms like sneezing and coughing.

Ryan said 95 percent of dogs that become infected usually get well in a couple weeks.

Dog owners should also be aware of where their pets could potentially be exposed.

"Anywhere dogs are congregating, places of play. Places of boarding and grooming and the dog park," said Ryan.

Amber Norwood, who just came back from Houston, TX with her dog, said she isn't worried the virus.

"If everyone takes precautions it should be fine," said Norwood. "It's nothing to get hyped up about because the more nervous people get the more of a big deal it's going to become."

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