LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Animal Services says they are dealing with an outbreak of dog flu.
LMAS says at least four of its shelter dogs have tested positive for the H3N2 virus, which is highly contagious. The shelter is waiting for the results of four other tests.
LMAS is working to formulate a plan to best handle this issue and expects to release details on Monday.
The shelter began vaccinating all of its shelter dogs for both strains of the dog flu June 20. And as a precaution, LMAS began treating all of its dogs because they say the flu can remain dormant in a dog's system for about three days before they show any symptoms.
Both the LMAS Animal House Adoption Center and LMAS Animal Care Center will continue to operate under regular business hours over the weekend.
The shelter is discouraging community members from picking up strays and putting them at risk of spreading the virus to other pets. They ask that the public report strays to LMAS at (502)473-PETS.
LMAS encourages pet owners to vaccinate their pets and ask their veterinarians about risks and symptoms.
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Symptoms for both dogs and cats:
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