Canine influenza is a serious problem in central Ohio as well as other areas of the US especially the great lakes and upper midwest areas. My shelties ( 2) became exposed recently to this epidemic whereas one of our Shelties, Shelby (4 year old) ended up in an animal hospital in ICU in Columbus, Ohio. I highly recommend discussing this with your vet to ascertain if the virus is prevelant in your area and if the flu vaccination is recommended. Shelby showed signs with what seemed to be kennel cough, which morphed in vomitting a thick, foamy flem every 5 minutes. This influenza apparently comes in two strains, one which can lead to pnuemonia and has had a few deadly consequences in puppies and dogs with compromised immune systems. Shelby was eventually diagnised with bacterial pnuemonia and was immediately admitted into ICU for four days. He was released a few days ago on 4 medications and is getting better daily. Our other Sheltie, Avery, was exposed to the virus. She was put on doxycicline in an attempt to reduce possible symtoms if she shows signs as well. Avery has the cough, however her symptoms are not as bad as Shelby. Both dogs are recovering and our house has separate floors quarantined for each dog preventing interaction with each other and the possibility of passing this virus back and forth. The hospital does not have enough information on if the virus can be transferred back and forth at this time. We keep our dogs separate as a precaution. The virus does not transfer to cats or humans. Please be aware if canine influenza is in your area and discuss the best course of action with vet for your pet. Also, Im a BIG proponent for pet healthcare. If you dont have it on your pet, consider getting it. The cost to insure is very reasonable just in case of an illness or accident. Shelby’s hospitalization cost $4200 and 90% was covered by pet healthcare.