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Does your dog have the flu? Here's what to look for

Lisa Gutierrez, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Cats & Dogs News

Dogs suffering from a mild case will develop a soft, moist cough that continues for 10 to 30 days, according to the AVMA website.

They might appear lethargic -- dog-tired. Their appetite might drop off, and they might run a fever. They might sneeze and experience discharges from their eyes and/or nose.

More severe cases could involve a high fever and signs of pneumonia, such as difficulty breathing.

Dogs that are exposed frequently or regularly to other dogs are at greater risk of coming into contact with the virus, the national vet group says. Think dog parks, animal shelters, doggie day care, dog shows and boarding facilities.

If your dog shows symptoms or you think it might be sick, the AVMA recommends consulting your veterinarian.

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