Fido Flu Outbreak Hits Chicago

More than 1,000 dogs have come down with canine flu, authorities said.
1:16 | 04/07/15

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Experts say now more than ever fascinating is a matter of life and death for your dog adult who is already in three states Illinois Wisconsin and Indiana. Five dogs have died from this virus already. Three local PetSmart stores have closed their pets hotel to prevent the spread of the virus it's becoming an epidemic. We have not seen in this bad in this area yet. But remember dogs are as mobile as people are now a days doctor Donna Alexander's when the Cook County animal rabies. She says just like humans. To not spreading the virus washing hands keeping areas clean. She also tells me it's a misconception that humans can transmit the fluid to dogs or vice Versa. But that does not mean humans can't spread germs. The way that humans act as a vector. Is if we get any of the dogs viewed on the nasal discharge that call. The terrorists allies types of particles on our hands when we're touching them from their leans. From their clothing on their bidding and then we go to another dog in touch that dog. Without washing our hands. The best advice for pet owners or sitters get your dog to vaccine and remember. It can take 28 to 32 days for that vaccine to take effect.

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