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Tennessee officials warn of highly contagious dog flu detected in the state

Dog flu detected in Tennessee. PHOTO: MGN

Agriculture officials said the highly contagious dog flu detected in Tennessee.

Officials are asking dog owners to monitor their pets amid reports of canine influenza in East Tennessee.

Dog flu is a highly contagious viral infection. Officials said it's spread in dogs via direct contact, through barking, coughing or sneezing and contaminated objects.

Officials said people who handle infected dogs may also transmit the virus to healthy dogs.

"Symptoms of CI may include a persistent cough, discharge from the nose or eyes, sneezing, lethargy, loss of appetite and/or fever. Nearly all dogs exposed to CI become infected. Although it will result in a mild illness in most dogs, in some cases it can lead to pneumonia and even death, particularly for puppies, elderly dogs and dogs with pre-existing health conditions. If you suspect your dog may be ill, contact your veterinarian immediately," officials said.

  • Here are some tips provided by the state veterinarian office:
  • Make sure your dog is up-to-date on all appropriate vaccinations.
  • Wash your hands after contact with any dogs.
  • Avoid co-mingling dogs.
  • Do not share equipment or toys between dogs.
  • Immediately isolate any dog that shows signs of illness and contact your veterinarian.

Officials said there is no evidence that the strains detected in Tennessee dogs have caused illness to humans.


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