Montgomery County dog flu claims two dogs

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) - Pet owners and veterinarians are concerned in Montgomery County where an outbreak of dog flu has hit. Six dogs have become sick and two dogs have already died.

The reports came from two individual vets, who wanted to make sure other vets knew.

"This is probably one of the first reports of me hearing it in the county,” says Dr. Adam Jaffe with the Montgomery Animal Hospital.

Vets have known about the mutated equine virus since it first appeared in Florida a couple years ago.

The concern here is that most dogs are not immune to it.

"A lot of these dogs, large percentage of these dogs are going to get sick and some are going to require minimal care and others will require moderate care,” Jaffe says.

Like humans, the doctors says younger and older dogs are more susceptible. Jaffe says any cough that persists longer than five to seven days and your dog stops eating, you should contact your veterinarian.

You can also get your dog a flu shot, especially if your dog goes to a doggie daycare or dog park. At least one official recommends dogs stay away from dog parks until the scare subsides.

Jaffe says he makes it mandatory all dogs that visit and stay get the shot.