There have been some nasty viruses going around and it is also flu season. If you got the flu shot this year you might be pretty safe, but what about your pup or cat? I found out last year that dogs and cats can catch the flu too. 

It's not the same strain of flu that attacks us, but it is a flu virus. To make matters worse, it's very contagious to other dogs. So, how do we keep our four-legged fur babies healthy? According to a report from USA Today last year, be sure to watch for the usual symptoms of the flu, like coughing, sneezing, runny nose, low energy and loss of appetite.

If they do show any of those signs then it's time to take them to the vet! You also might have to keep him separated from other dogs and cats so the virus doesn't spread.

Oh, and did you know there is a dog flu vaccine available, but as far as I can tell there isn't a vaccine available for cats. Call your vet and see if they offer the shot.

Here is a crazy chart the maps how many states have reported the Dog Flu:

https://www.dogflu.com/outbreak-map