The flu season isn't only running rampant in the Pine Tree State, but all across the county. If you think humans are the only ones at risk, think again. Dogs have a flu season of their own.

Canine Influenza, aka 'dog flu', is a respiratory infection that has been found in dogs.

If you're worried that your dog could give you and your family the flu, there's no need to worry at this point.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been no evidence reported of canine influenza viruses transferred from dogs to humans.

Symptoms of Dog Flu

  • Coughing
  • A Runny Nose
  • Fever
  • Reduced Appetite
  • Discharge in and around the Eyes

Some of the first evidence of Canine Flu was actually found in horses before seeing the spreading to dogs.

Cats can also become infected with many different strains of influenza viruses, to include the official title, N3N2 strain.

The flu is spread to animals the same way the flu is spread to humans. Direct contact, contaminated surfaces, and food, as well as through the air they breathe.

There are some studies that show that humans can spread the virus to their cats, but it also shows that this type of spread is rare.

If you suspect these types of flu symptoms in your animals, please consult your local veterinarians. They would be able to prescribe your pet antibiotics if the infection is detected.