Focus at Four: Does your pet have the flu?

With flu season affecting the Brazos Valley right now, if your pet at risk too?

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A veterinarian from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences says, in a word, no.

"Canine flu isn't seasonal," said Dr. Kate Creevy. "We see outbreaks pop up in areas sometimes, but our area is not experiencing one now."

Plus, Creevy says, cat flu just doesn't exist--to the best of experts' knowledge.

"If your cat is sneezing, it's probably an upper respiratory virus," said Creevy.

As for your dog's flu, here's what it might look like: sneezing, lethargy, fever. But your dog won't experience nausea or vomiting like you might when you have the flu.

Creevy also confirms that your dog can't get the flu from you. Nor is the opposite possible.

"There are no known cases of flu transferring from people to dogs," said Creevy. "But the flu is highly contagious dog to dog, so keep that in mind as you take your pet to public places."

Creevy says if your pup is sick with flu-like symptoms for more than a couple days, a visit to the veterinarian is a good idea.

For the full conversation, see the video player above.