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Flu can spread among animals

Dr. Amber Love, Veterinarian Dr. Amber Love, Veterinarian

Many of you have struggled through sniffles and coughs even the flu this winter.  Can your pets get the flu too?     

Veterinarians at Bush Animal clinic say if you are sick you should avoid coughing in your pet's face.  They say you should also wash your hands frequently before touching your pet. Vets say the flu can be spread among animals, but it's not common.  

"There was an outbreak years ago and everybody was advised to get the influenza vaccine, however it's kind of died off and we don't necessarily see it that regularly. We see more or less the upper respiratory tract infections where a dog's nose is cold or they're coughing a lot."       

Dr. Love says those symptoms can be treated with antibiotics or cough suppressant from your local vet.

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