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Confirmed Case of Dog Flu Reported in Grants Pass

Veterinarians suggest that dog owners should seek vaccination.

Posted: Feb. 26, 2018 10:54 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A confirmed case of dog flu has been reported in Grants Pass.

The Daily Courier reports that this is Oregon's first confirmed case this winter. Dr. Randy Webster, a Grants Pass veterinarian, says it's highly contagious, and can run through a kennel like the human flu runs through a kindergarten class.

Symptoms include lethargy, nasal discharge, fever and coughing. The worst cases can lead to pneumonia and death.

The flu likely arrived from California, which recently went from having two confirmed cases of canine influenza, to 300.

Dr. Margaret Forsberg, a veterinarian at Valley Animal Hospital, recommends that owners get their dogs vaccinated soon, since it takes a few weeks for the vaccine to take effect.

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