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Here’s What You Need To Know About The Dog Flu Outbreak

Protect your pooch.

Who Else Is At Risk?

There has been no evidence that dog flu is contagious to humans. There have been instances of dog-to-cat and cat-to-cat transmission of the H3N2 canine influenza virus, so any dog that presents symptoms of the flu should be kept away from other animals in the household as well.

dog and cat photo
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Dogs And Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is another doggie illness to look out for this summer.

Dogs, like humans, can contract Lyme disease from deer ticks. Scientists predicted that summer 2017 would be a particularly bad year for deer ticks—meaning you should be extra vigilant about checking your dog’s skin after spending time outdoors, particularly if you live an area where Lyme is prevalent and have spent time in long grass or wooded areas.

dog woods photo
Flickr | bambe1964

There are topical insecticides that help to keep ticks at bay as well as vaccines that may help to prevent Lyme disease in dogs, so be sure to talk to vet about these options (some vets feel that the vaccines are ineffective). The most common Lyme disease symptoms in dogs are fever and lameness, but they generally don’t show up until a couple months after being infected and can be treated with antibiotics.

dog ticks photo
Flickr | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region

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[h/t: WXII 12 News]