Dog flu making its way into Missouri

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COLUMBIA - The H3N2 virus, better known as dog flu, reportedly made its way into Missouri late last week. 

Many dog owners say they were unaware that the virus had made its way into the state. 

"If my dog were to get the virus I probably wouldn't be too happy," dog owner Jeffrey Williams said. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe the dog flu as "A contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by a specific Type A flu virus" and adds that while the dog flu could potentially lead to death, the death rate is very low. 

The American Veterinary Medical Association states that while the virus is extremely contagious there is a vaccine for the flu that was developed last November. 

Although, dog owners shouldn't be too worried about their pet contracting the dog flu as dogs typically contract the disease when they are in kennels or shelters rather than in homes. 

If owners see their dog showing symptoms which include a cough, runny nose, or lethargic attitude, veterinarians say to take your dog to the vet.