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Dogs can get a flu vaccine, too

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Coughing, sneezing, fever, and lethargy are symptoms you might experience if you have the flu, but what about your dog? 

This year, a company developed a vaccine for the doggie flu. Veterinarians say they haven't seen many cases of it in southwest Georgia.

If your pet came down with the virus, there's only about a 10% chance it would be severe.

But if your dog is around other animals a lot, you might want to ask your vet about the vaccine. 

"If you're traveling with your pet, if your are boarding them routinely, or going to dog shows, same way with people if they're traveling in airports or around people routinely where they may be exposed to these viruses routinely then yes, they should seek veterinary attention and advice from the veterinarian," said Dr. Steve Whatley of Bush Animal Clinic.

Canine influenza is also known as H3-N3. The vaccine may not always prevent the virus, But it can lessen the duration and severity of the illness.

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