Local vet clinics looking to prevent dog flu

VINTON, Va. (WDBJ7) Derek O'Dell is a Veterinarian at Vinton Vet Hospital.

He says although we haven't seen any confirmed cases of dog flu here in Virginia, with people traveling to more southern states for vacation, and with the Salem Dog Show in town, the chances for the virus to spread locally could rise.

"It's hard because a lot of dogs are susceptible to it. So it has a very high morbidity rate, or infection rate, in dogs that get exposed to it, fortunately the mortality rate is pretty low, but to help prevent that morbidity rate from being so high, we do offer a vaccine now that covers both strains of dog flu,” O’Dell said.

Pet owners who want to protect their dogs from getting sick can contact their vet about the vaccine. It takes a couple of weeks to kick in, but it's good for up to a year.