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Canine Influenza

Beverley Petrunich, co-owner of DoGone Fun, a day care and boarding facility, visits with some of her clients in Chicago. Experts say doggie day care contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest.
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The veterinary school at the University of Georgia has confirmed 55 cases of canine influenza in the state, although it’s not the only lab that can confirm the virus.

One of the reasons the virus is spreading, according to a UGA professor, is that dogs can easily catch it. That's because the flu is a new disease to them, beginning after the year 2000.

Beverley Petrunich, co-owner of DoGone Fun, a day care and boarding facility, visits with some of her clients in Chicago. Experts say doggie day care contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest.
M. Spencer Green / AP Photo

The same strain of dog flu that caused a Midwest outbreak appears to be spreading in metro Atlanta.

Several area veterinarians have confirmed cases of canine influenza. It's also been seen at day care and boarding facilities. Jennifer Hunt with WAG-A-LOT in Decatur said her location hasn't had any cases yet but is taking precautions.

First Case Of New Dog Flu Confirmed In Metro Atlanta

May 20, 2015
Brushing fluffy dogs can help release loose undercoat hairs, making them feel cooler in the summertime.
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A dog in metro Atlanta has been diagnosed with a new strain of the canine influenza virus and may have exposed other animals to the illness.

The new dog flu has been spreading through dog populations in the Midwest and has already affected thousands of dogs in Chicago since March.

Scientists at the University of Georgia confirmed Wednesday that an illness diagnosed in a dog in Athens late last week is the new strain of canine flu, identified as H3N2.