HOUSTON If you own a dog, there s an illness you might want to know about that s spreading across Texas and 37 other states.

The virus, called canine flu, is deadly and can spread from dog to dog through shared toys and water.

If your dog is frequently sneezing and coughing or has nasal discharge or a fever, you might want to think about taking it to a doctor.

If you go to a doggie day care, if you take your dog to Petsmart, if you board it, if you groom it, if you take it to dog parks, if there s a dog shedding the virus, you re at risk, said veterinarian Dr. Michele Wright.

A vaccine for the virus can be found at any local vet clinic. It costs about $20.

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