Warning To Dog Owners: Deadly Flu Strain Striking Dogs

There is an urgent warning for pet owners — a deadly strain of the flu striking dogs –rarely seen here in the US. More than one thousand sick dogs in Chicago alone — six, now dead — tonight families urged to get a flu shot…For their pets. Some thirteen hundred pooches in four Midwest states sickened. Sick dogs can become lethargic, run a high fever, and have raspy breathing.

Researchers are tracing the virus to a rare strain of bird flu from Asia warnings now up at dog parks where dogs can easily spread the virus. The current dog flu vaccine doesn’t cover this strain but vets say pets should still get the shot…and if something seems wrong with your pup, always call your vet.

ABC’s Scott Goldberg joined us Thursday morning to discuss.

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