Saryn Chorney
January 19, 2018 05:10 PM

Can a dog get the flu? It’s an important question, especially during 2018’s fatal flu season, and PEOPLE Pet Vet Dr. Evan Antin has the answer.

Unfortunately, yes, dogs are susceptible to the flu, more scientifically known as canine influenza. As Dr. Antin explains in the video above, there have been multiple outbreaks of dog flu around the U.S. in 2017 and 2018.

Dogs in Chicago were affected this past winter, and dogs in California, Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado and Washington are currently falling ill with the disease, Business Insider reports, with 80 percent of dogs that come in contact with the bug contracting canine influenza.

Dr. Antin says this infectious virus causes upper respiratory clinical signs, such as coughing, sniffling, sneezing, upper airway congestion or difficulty breathing. Occasionally, the illness can progress to a more advanced stage.

Learn more about the disease, how dogs can catch and spread it and the vaccine that may help prevent certain strains from affecting your pup in the clip above.

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