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Acadiana "doing fine" while dog flu spreads in other areas

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While other areas in the country are having outbreaks of Canine Influenza, Acadiana seems to be doing fine, according to local veterinarians.

Last summer there was an outbreak of a new strain of canine flu, called H3N2, in Florida, Alabama in some Louisiana area. During that outbreak,  local vets made a big push to get the dogs vaccinated.

In June, KATC met with veterinarians in Lafayette who said that only three cases were confirmed then in our area at the time. The dog flu is highly contagious and is spread through direct contact with an infected dog.

"It's really going to act like most other upper respiratory type infections," Van Bebber of the Lafayette Veterinary Care Center said. "Symptoms include runny nose, hacking cough, and excessive salvation at times; those are the most common symptoms. [The dog flu] will last between 10 and 21 days."  

As for now, Acadiana seems to be doing alright, but pet parents should still be cautious and look for signs of the flu in their dogs. 

"The main thing that I would want pet owners to know about this disease is how contagious it is, it's going to spread really rapidly when it gets into our community so that's the main thing you need to know and the only way to prevent it is to vaccinate," says Dr. Andy Plauche co-owner of Lafayette Veterinary Care Center. 

If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, call your local veterinarian. Read more on the past canine flu outbreak from KATC.

For more reading on Canine Influenza, click here.

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