MOUNT VERNON — The weather is turning colder and flu season is upon us, and believe it or not, our canine companions are also susceptible to canine influenza, or dog flu.

Cases of canine influenza have been confirmed in the Columbus area, but, Hillside Veterinary Clinic owner Dr. David Dubusky, DVM, who has consulted with local colleagues, said it has not yet shown up in Knox County.

“Canine influenza is a very contagious, infectious viral disease which is not known to pass on to humans,” Dubusky told the News. “Symptoms may include a moist or dry cough, nasal discharge and sneezing. The dog may also be lethargic, not eating well and running a fever.”

 

Pam Schehl: 740-397-5333 or pschehl@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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