ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - Since 1994, Dr. Alex O'Roark has been at the Elyria Animal Hospital, dealing with emergency situations on a daily basis. He says the dog flu is getting close to that level of concern.
"It's growing so rapidly and close to us we recommend that you start to vaccinate," he said.
He has been keeping his eyes on what's happening in Kentucky. In Louisville, eight shelter dogs were tested for the flu virus and four of them came back positive.
While humans can't catch it, it can be spread by clothing and by contact with other dogs. It can live on clothing on skin for up to 24 hours.
The virus can be easily be killed, however, with the proper disinfectant, wiping one's hands, and using products like Lysol.
O'Roark has not seen any confirmed cases in the Cleveland area, but that doesn't mean it won't happen.
"That's the problem with the flu, it looks like kennel cough or any other upper respiratory disease in the beginning," he said.
He said dog owners should look for runny roses, but adds a wet nose is normal. He also said to look for a lack of appetite, lack of energy, and a cough.
Dog owners can prevent it all together if they don't wait to vaccinate.
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