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Hundreds of dog flu cases confirmed in Nevada

Posted at 11:55 PM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-02 08:58:29-05

Hundreds of dog flu cases have been confirmed in Nevada.

When 13 Action News first warned our viewers one month ago about the dog flu headed this way, there wasn't a single case confirmed in our state.

It is spreading rapidly and there will be a confirmed case in Las Vegas any day now.

"We are expecting it to show up very quickly," said West Charleston Animal Hospital's Dr. Matthew Gentile.

The new strain of dog flu, H3N2, is highly contagious.

It can live on things like furniture and clothes for up to two whole days.

Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, fatigue, and a fever.

Dr. Gentile says if your dog gets the dog flu, chances are, he or she will have to be hospitalized for an entire week. He says medication and treatment at home is not the safest option.

Research has shown one in ten dogs are dying from H3N2.

Dr. Gentile says his office is ready for a potential outbreak.