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NEW DOG FLU A CONCERN AMONG WNC PET OWNERS

NEW DOG FLU A CONCERN AMONG WNC PET OWNERS NEW DOG FLU A CONCERN AMONG WNC PET OWNERS

POSSIBLY ORIGINATED IN FLORIDA   

Area veterinarians are warning dog owners about canine flu after two North Carolina dogs died.

The cases have been reported in Charlotte, Raleigh and down on the North Carolina coast and are believed to be associated with a dog show in Florids.

While no cases have been reported in the mountains, with tourism season well underway, Dr. Mark Wysocki recommends pet owners be careful at dog parks or day cares.

One local vet in the Mills River community confirmed she had seen no local cases of this new dog flu.

"The primary symptoms are going to be flu-like symptoms. They're going to not feel good. They're going to be lethargic, running a fever, coughing, sneezing, just like people with flu," another area vet said.

The virus can stay active for a day in the environment.

Area vets are recommending vaccinating dogs and limiting exposure to other dogs.

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