Metro Animal Services and the Humane Society are urging pet owners to vaccinate against dog flu


REPORTER: AT THIS POINT, 6 DOGS HERE AT LMAS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE DOG FLU, AND NOW OFFICIALS ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO NOT COME TO THE SHELTER UNLESS IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSAR METRO ANIMAL SERVICES IS DEALING WITH A NEW, HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS STRAIN OF DOG FLU.>>DOGS BARK AND THE SPEW THE FLU MAYBE 20 FEET. REPORTER: 20 FEET. — ALL OF THE DOGS AT THE SHELTER HAVE BEEN VACCINATED BUT IN AN EFFORT TO SLOW DOWN THE VIRUS LMAS WILL BE LOWERING THEIR INTAKE NUMBERS AND PEOPLE COMING TO THE SHELTER.>>WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PEOPLE WHO COME HERE, IT IS TO COME TO LICENSE THEIR PET, YOU CAN DO THAT ONLINE. REPORTER THEY ARE ALSO URGING PEOPLE TO NOT PICK UP STRAYS, BECAUSE YOU COULD BE PUTTING YOUR OWN PETS AT RISK.>>THE STRAY ANIMAL YOU PICK UP MAY HAVE THE FLU, YOU MAY CONTAMINATE YOUR CAR, YOUR YARD, OR ANY PETS YOU HAVE OF YOUR OW — IN YOUR HOME. REPORTER: ACCORDING TO LMAS, ALMOST ALL DOGS EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS WILL BECOME INFECTED. ABOUT 80% OF THOSE DOGS DEVELOP FLU SYMPTOMS, AND REMAIN CONTAGIOUS FOR THREE TO FOUR WEEKS.>>IF YOU ARE WALKING YOUR DOG AND YOU ARE PASSING SOMEONE ON THE SIDEWALK AND THE DOGS BA AT EACH OTHER, AND ONE OF THEM HAS THE FLU, THERE IS A HIGH CHANCE THAT YOUR DOG IS GOING TO GET IT IF THEY ARE NOT VACCINATED. REPORTER: THE SYMPTOMS ARE VERY SIMILAR TO THE HUMAN FLU AND MAY TAKE SEVERAL DAYS TO DEVELOP.>>GOING TO GET COUGHING, NASAL CONGESTION, GOING TO RUN A FEVER, IT GETS EVERYTHING YOU GET. REPORTER: THE KENTUCKY HUMANE SOCIETY HAS NOT HAD ANY CONFIRMED CASES OF THE DOG DO, BUT HAS STARTED VACCINATING THEIR DOGS TOO. ,>>THIS IS A COMMUNITY PROBLEM. THE VIRUS IS HERE, IT IS IN OUR COMMUNITY AND IT IS ACTIVE, THE ONLY WAY THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO CONTROL THIS VIRUS AND CONTROL THE SPREAD OF IT IS THROUGH VACCINATING AS LARGE A POPULATION OF DOGS THAT WE CAN SO THE MORE DOGS THAT GET VACCINATED, THAT WILL SLOW DOWN THE VIRUS. REPORTER LMAS AND THE HUMANE SOCIETY WILL BE WORKING TOGETHER TO SET UP LOW COST VACCINATION

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