Three states surrounding Arkansas have had cases of dog flu.
Hayes said vaccination is key to protecting your dog.
If a pet is exposed to another infected with the dog flu virus, then it is nearly certain that the canine would get infected.
While the flu usually clears up in two weeks, in some cases it can develop into pneumonia, which is why you want to be in touch with your veterinarian as soon as you suspect something is wrong, Fuller said.
Area vets are recommending vaccinating dogs and limiting exposure to other dogs. Those states are Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, and IL. She further listed out some symptoms of the sickness, urging everyone to be aware of the signs.
"When (canine flu) is around it's real, real easy to spread from one to the other", saidMarikay Campbell, head veterinarian at the Port Royal Veterinary Hospital.
"We could be overreacting and it could never really turn into much, but the problem is you never know", Danford said.
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Danford said there is no way of knowing whether canine flu will spread.
Veterinarians said the dog flu is so contagious that a dog can sneeze 20 feet away from another dog and pass it or people can spread it by petting another dog.
Dog owners whose dogs are coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease should not participate in activities or take their dogs to facilities where other dogs can be exposed to the virus.
Earlier this month, Florida pet owners struggled with a dog flu outbreak. The key symptom to look for, he said, is fever.
The virus has killed several dogs including two in North Carolina, one in Raleigh and one in Morehead city.
Workers at the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at UF said they have been contacted by animal shelters and rescue groups looking for information on preventing dog flu.
If you're interested in getting the vaccine for your dog, contact your vet.