Seasonal Flu, Swine Flu ... Now Canine Flu?

By Frank Heinz
|  Monday, Sep 14, 2009  |  Updated 10:45 AM CDT
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Seasonal Flu, Swine Flu ... Now Canine Flu?

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Flu reports are on the rise -- but this is canine flu, not swine or seasonal.

Vets across the country are reporting an increase in the canine flu, which often kills dogs that contract it.  There are reported cases in Texas, though none in Dallas-Fort Worth yet.

"We do have some confirmed cases in Texas, primarly in the Houston area now. There are a couple of areas here in North Texas that they have submitted samples, but so far we have no confirmed cases in the Dallas-Fort Worth area," said Dr. Mac Todd, with the Arlington Humane Society.

Cynda Crawford, a University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine infectious-disease specialist, told USA Today the dogs who are most at risk are those who are in close contact with other dogs.

To combat the spread of canine flu, The Arlington Humane Society is offering canine flu shots every Sunday in September for only $15.

The shots are available at Country Acre Kennels in Arlington for the special price.  Most veterinarians are also distributing the vaccine.
 

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