Several dog flu cases surface in Central Kentucky

Published: Jun. 2, 2017 at 12:54 PM EDT
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Veterinarians say cases of dog flu are popping up in Kentucky.

Vets with Central Kentucky Veterinary Center in Georgetown say there are more than two dozen cases of dogs infected in Fayette County and Anderson County. They think the dogs contracted the virus at a dog show in Georgia. They are warning pet owners to watch for symptoms, and to get the vaccine.

"It looks like kennel cough in the beginning and then proceeds to get much worse. Higher fevers, feel much worse. Lasts a few days," says Dr. Scott Tritsch. "It's very uncommon. It's very rarely isolated here in Central Kentucky."

It is possible for cats to get the virus, too. Vets say the vaccine comes in two doses, given two weeks apart.