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Canines need the flu shot, too

Eddie Garcia
June 28, 2017 06:58 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Many people get a flu shot each year to keep healthy, but there may be one a member of the family who needs one as well.

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Canine flu is on the rise, and prevention is simple.

According to veterinary experts, there are no confirmed cases of canine flu in New Mexico. However, neighboring states do have cases. Cases are on the rise nationally, and it's only a matter of time until it comes to New Mexico.

"It is a highly contagious virus that can be spread from dog to dog," said Dr. Danois Salas, owner of TLC Pet Hospital in Albuquerque. "It can even be spread from dog to cat."

Most of the symptoms are respiratory.

"Coughing, sneezing, sometimes they'll develop a fever and may feel lethargic and not want to eat their food," Salas said.

Canine flu can lead to complications.

"The young dogs, the elderly dogs, or those that are already immunocompromised can develop pneumonia on occasion it can lead to death, but most dogs that develop the symptoms or become infected will recover from it," Salas said.

Where can a dog get it? Almost anywhere.

"Dog parks, kennels, boarding facilities, grooming facilities, anywhere that there's a large number of dogs that come together it can easily be spread," Salas said.

But you don't have to avoid all those places with your pooch. Salas said most veterinarians carry a flu vaccine that you can request at any time.

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