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With the outbreak of Swine Flu, many people began to tune in to the spread of the contagious disease and it became a major talking point in the media and social circles.

But there is also a virus that's been spreading among dogs and it's wise for pet owners to educate themselves about the disease and the dangers of it.

The H3N8 canine flu jumped from horses to dogs at least five years ago and scientists and researchers feared that it would spread quickly and cause a large number of deaths in the dog population.

Areas of the country including Florida, Philadelphia and Denver were hit hard.

However, the virus is now thought to be less dangerous and only kills about 5% of dogs that it infects.

The breeds more susceptible to attracting the virus are those with pushed-in noses-- think Pugs, Pekingese and Shi-Tzu.

The virus can spread just by dogs touching noses or drinking out the the same water.

It seems that it is more common in communal dog places such as schools and breeding grounds.

According to this article from the New York Times, Dr.

Edward J.

Dubovi of the veterinary school at Cornell University said that if the virus mutates a couple more times, it has the potential to be a very serious problem.

Thankfully the the United States Department of Agriculture announced last week that it had approved the first vaccine for the H3N8 virus.

To learn more about the virus, you can read up on key facts by clicking here.
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