Vets trace dog flu outbreak back to dog show in Perry

PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Recent cases of dog flu have been reported in states across the country including here in Georgia.

Officials say now they believe the outbreak started at a dog show in Perry last month.

Dr. Jeremiah Saliki, Director of the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, says he suspects the dogs who attended the show in May could be at risk of exposure because of a trend in dogs that tested positive.

“To date, we have had three confirmed positive cases in this lab and all three were from animals that had attended the Perry Dog Show,” he said.

The disease symptoms for dogs are cough sneezing, fever and loss of appetite–and they can get it from direct contact with other infected dogs.

Dr. Saliki says there’s no cure for dog flu, but vaccinating your dog is the best way to prevent catching it.

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