MiamiHerald / As if us humans don’t have enough to worry about with the soaring flu cases , our best friends on four legs are now ailing.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association , canine influenza, known as dog flu, is a highly contagious viral infection affecting dogs and also cats. Though not widespread, it’s increasing among the pet population this season, including in Florida.

In addition to the state’s 20 or so cases since December, multiple strains of dog flu have circulated in dog parks across several states, including Arkansas, the Carolinas, Missouri, Colorado, Washington and California, reports Today .

Dogs and cats can show similar symptoms to ours. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, runny noses, fever and lethargy. Dog owners should call their vets if they see these signs and keep their pet away from other animals until they are treated. Cats will also exhibit upper respiratory issues and may tip us off through lip smacking and excessive salivation.


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