Canine influenza is in the Phoenix area

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K-9 Influenza detected in Phoenix area. K-9 Influenza detected in Phoenix area.
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Man’s best friend is in danger of catching the flu. Yes, dogs can catch the flu!

Authorities with the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control have detected 2 cases of canine influenza (H3N2) in their shelters. It is the first time the illness has been detected inside of a sheltered environment, which means the K-9 flu is already in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Symptoms of the canine flu in your furry friend include soft coughing that can last for weeks, or a fever of 104-106 degrees, which could lead to canine pneumonia and could be fatal. If your dog is experiencing these symptoms, take them to a vet right away.

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There is an approved vaccine for canine influenza, and prevention is the best way to make sure your dog avoids the disease. A flu shot for dogs who have regular contact with other dogs, kennels, or dog parks is highly recommended by the MCACC.

Hygiene is also a key factor to prevention: make sure your pets are washed regularly, and owners should wash their own hands after petting other dogs. Make sure your dog is seeing a vet on a regular basis.

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