Veterinarians are warning pet owners to watch out as America experiences a serious dog flu outbreak.
The dog flu, or canine influenza, has been identified in 46 states and even Canada, and animal experts worry pet owners don’t know enough about the condition.
The disease has been common in Asia for years, but only spread to the United States from South Korea in 2015. Since then, there have been a number of large outbreaks, including when 1,000 dogs from the Chicago area caught the virus.
Jodie Strait, a dog show competitor whose pets caught the virus, called the disease “unreal.”
“It was the worst nightmare that could ever happen,” she remembered. “I went to a dog show with my dogs and I almost killed them.”
Until now, only owners like Strait who competed in large dog shows had to worry about the canine flu. But now the disease is spreading through the country’s kennels, dog parks, and from pooch to pooch.
Vets are warning owners to learn the signs of dog flu, and how to prevent your pet from catching it.