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Your Healthy Family: Dog flu in Colorado

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A dangerous new strain of dog flu that's sweeping the country has made it's way to Colorado.

Dr. John Sudduth with Northwest Animal Hospital in Colorado Springs said the sickness was most recently found in Parker. While it is rarely deadly, the dog flu can make your pets extremely sick.

The dog flu was first discovered in 2004. Dr. Sudduth said the symptoms are similar to those of human influenza, like sneezing, coughing, decreased appetite, and decreased energy. If left untreated, pneumonia could develop.

"I think the people that should be paying most attention to this are people who have dogs that are around a lot of other dogs, like kennels and doggie daycares and groomers and dog parks," Dr. Sudduth said. 

To keep your pet protected, ask your vet about any vaccinations they may need and limit exposure with dogs who may be infected.

There is a flu vaccine available for pets. Cats are also vulnerable to this new strain, Dr. Sudduth said.

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