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Animal Watch: Protecting your furry friend from dog flu

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Nearly every state in the country has a case of dog flu.

Once symptoms progress, dog flu can be dangerous and even deadly. Experts say it's hard to detect because it disguises itself like the common kennel cough.

The flu isn't spread to humans, but very contagious to other dogs. So much so that vets ask that you don't bring a sick dog in without a head’s up.

"If you're seeing these clinical signs in your dog, it's always a good idea to contact your veterinarian and speak with them about the way they would like to address the problem, as far as not bringing the dog into the clinic and exposing other potentially healthy dogs to the virus,” said Dr. Brooke Zimprich of Peterson Vet Clinic.

Doctors do have a vaccine available. It's recommended for dogs who are frequently in contact with other dogs. Puppies and older dogs are the most at-risk.