Deadly dog flu surfaces in South Carolina

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The Charleston Animal Society is urging dog owners in the Charleston area to keep an eye out for signs of dog flu as the virus has surfaced in South Carolina and can be deadly.

While it cannot be transmitted to humans, canine influenza is extremely contagious. Experts at the Charleston Animal Society say a dog's cough can travel up to 20 feet and the virus can remain alive on human clothing for up to 24-hours. In some cases, canine influenza can develop into pneumonia.

"People should be in touch with their personal veterinarian on whether a flu shot is a good idea for their pet," said Charleston Animal Society Senior Director of Veterinary Care Lucy Fuller. "Situations like this really highlight why it's important to have a veterinarian in your pet's life."

Symptoms to watch for are coughing, sneezing, low energy fever and lack of appetite. Anyone with concerns should visit their veterinarian.

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