Dog Flu: No cases in Coastal Bend yet, but be on the lookout

This flu season has been terrible not just for humans but also for our four-legged friends.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - This flu season has been terrible not just for humans but also for our four-legged friends.

There is a dog flu and symptoms vary case to case, but include coughing, reduced appetite, and fever.

According to Zoetis, a global animal health company, the first report of the dog flu came out of California. One Coastal Bend doctor said there have been cases in Houston, but so far there have been no cases in Corpus Christi.

While the illness can also affect cats, it does not affect humans.

"If you suspect your dog has dog flu or any respiratory illness, call your veterinarian. Tell them about your systems," said Dr. Janell Pearson of Banfield Pet Hospital. "And they can make recommendations on whether or not to bring them in to be evaluated, because it's very contagious to other dogs and we don't want to expose other animals if we can help it."

Pearson also said if you take your pet to the park or travel, be sure to talk with your veterinarian about getting proper vaccines.

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