Dog parks send warning to owners about deadly dog virus

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 18, 2015) - Dog parks around Indiana are warning owners about the highly contagious and deadly canine influenza virus that has now hit Indiana. According to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, there have been at least a dozen cases reported in northwest Indiana in the past week.

The Dog Park Association Board in Lafayette canceled the free play day Saturday after learning on confirmed cases there.

Pet owners in Indianapolis are aware of the dog flu, but aren't afraid to take their dogs to the park.

"I was concerned about it, but I’ve been a dog owner for many years and I think a lot of things come and go and I think this is just another one of those things," said dog owner, Ann Midkiff. "I would hope that anybody that has a pass for the dog park would be proactive and not bring their dog here if they had been to the area where the flu is prevalent," Midkiff added.

Some vets say a vaccine originally thought to protect dogs from the flu may not be effective with this particular strain.

"We’re always looking after her and making sure she’s the healthiest she can be," said dog owner Colin Guntle.

One way to help keep your dog healthy at the park is to bring your own water bowl.

Veterinarians say you should keep an eye out for symptoms like a runny nose, trouble breathing and coughing.

There have been some deaths associated with the virus. Vets say young and old dogs are more at risk for the virus.

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