NJ pet owners worried over dog flu

New Jersey pet owners are worried about dog influenza, after an outbreak in the Midwest.

New Jersey pet owners are worried about dog influenza, after an outbreak in the Midwest. (4/24/15)

EDISON - Hundreds of dogs across the Midwest have come down with the H3N2 strain of the dog flu.

Although there are no confirmed cases of the sickness in New Jersey, many pet owners have been talking to their veterinarians about what they could do to prevent canine influenza.

Veterinarians have been telling dog owners that the vaccine is not a perfect match for the current virus. However, it can lessen the duration of the illness and the severity of the symptoms.

Vets say the virus can be spread dog to dog and possibly even dog to cat, but infected dogs cannot spread the virus to humans.

Symptoms for H3N2 include a moist cough, fever, runny nose and loss of appetite.

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