Don't forget your dog during flu season -

Helping your dog fight the flu

When you go to get your flu shot, you may also want to consider getting one for your dog.

"It affects dogs just like the flu affects people. Same type symptoms, respiratory symptoms, and it's spread just through the air. That's one of the reasons it's so contagious," said Dr. Ned Wynn, at veterinarian at North Shreveport Animal Hospital.

The first U.S. case of Canine Flu was reported in Florida in 2003.  Since then, Wynn said it has spread to 38 states.

He says the virus can be dangerous to a dog, even deadly in some cases. However, so far he has only vaccinated about a dozen out of his 1000s of canine patients. Now, he suggests every dog get vaccinated.

Kris Estes has 4 dogs, and she hasn't gotten them vaccinated for Canine Flu in the past, but decided she will this year.

"I don't want them to catch it. It can be deadly if it goes untreated. I don't want my pets to suffer. I love my animals, and I just feel like it's a very important thing to do," said Estes.

The vaccine is a series of 2 shots the first year, and then 1 shot every year after that. Each shot costs about $20, and Dr. Wynn says there haven't been any negative side effects reported from the vaccine.

And just in case you're wondering, it only affects dogs. Humans and other animals can not get it. 

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