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Protect your pups: 'Highly contagious' dog flu makes its way to Texas

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – An outbreak of canine influenza virus that affected Florida and Georgia earlier this year is now taking root in Texas, a report from the Texas A&M Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory said.

Two Texas dogs tested positive for dog flu in early June. The two pups tested positive for H3N2, the same strain of the virus found in Florida and Georgia.

"Virtually all dogs exposed become infected with the virus," experts at the Texas A&M laboratory said, but not all dogs show symptoms. The report said approximately 80 percent of dogs infected with the virus show symptoms such as high fever, loss of appetite, coughing, nasal discharge and lethargy.

Dog owners can vaccinate their furry friends to protect against both strains of dog flu: H3N8 and H3N2.

The virus can be spread from dog to dog, contaminated food bowls and contaminated surfaces.

While the Texas A&M lab does not offer a test for the virus, pet owners can contact their pet's veterinarian and request a sample be taken and sent to Texas A&M's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

More information on dog flu can be found HERE.

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