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FORT WORTH (CBS11) – With a dangerous dog flu spreading across the country veterinarians in North Texas are on heightened alert.

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Last year one case was diagnosed in Austin and now some tests are being done in North Dallas to confirm if those cases are positive.

In the meantime, veterinarians are saying there have not been any confirmed cases in North Texas. They are however urging dog owners to be cautious.

Dr. Shawn Ashley of the Humane Society of North Texas in Fort Worth says there are some obvious symptoms dog owners should be looking out for.

Sha said, “they tend to get lethargic, they’ll get a runny nose, and they can run a low grade temperature, but the big thing with the flu is the cough.”

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The dog flu doesn’t effect humans but it is highly contagious among dogs in areas like dog parks of kennels where the all congregate near each other.

According to Dr. Ashley it is transmitted through airborne germs.

Sha said, “If they get exposed there is a latent period and they can go and infect other dogs. Usually through sneezing, and coughing.”

All dog owners are encouraged to speak to their veterinarians if they worry their dog may be infected.

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