The current outbreak of dog flu in Chicago has killed 5 dogs and affected another 1000, according to the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control.
The outbreak is not likely to end soon, so dog owners have been advised to take health precautions.
A two-shot flu vaccination over three weeks (requiring a yearly booster shot) is available, Dr. Anne Cohen, of the Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Centre, told ABC. But it’s not necessary for all dogs. “This isn’t a typical vaccination we give but because of the outbreak we’re recommending it for all high-risk dogs.”