LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Veterinarians have confirmed several cases of the dog flu in central Kentucky.
"At this point in time, the avian flu is closer to us here in Lexington than it's ever been," said Dr. Butch Schroyer with Animal Care Clinic.
Dr. Schroyer says cases have shown up in Georgetown, Frankfort, and Lawrenceburg. Some of the cases have been deadly.
Owners can protect their pets with a vaccine. Vets give the vaccine in a two-shot series with an annual booster.
" We have one vaccine that has both strains of flu so we can protect the dogs very easily," Dr. Schroyer explained. "You have time to get your first dose in this next week and get the next dose two weeks later. That means you're going to have your dog protected before Christmas."
Many people decide to travel with their pets for the holidays which could put them at risk.
"But the other part, if you're leaving your dog at home and they are staying at a boarding facility where there may be 150 dogs in there that are coming from different parts of the country that sometimes will stay, then your dog is at risk."
Veterinarians say signs your pet may have the dog flu include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.