Pet owners, beware: Dog flu is on the rise

It looks like there's a rise of a contagious dog flu in the U.S.

And just like the flu in humans, the canine version is highly contagious.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, about 80% of all dogs who come in contact with it get infected. A number of states are dealing with this flu including Arkansas, Florida and the Carolinas.

The virus isn't new, rarely deadly and can't spread to people. So what exactly is canine influenza and where did it come from?

One of the most common strains has been around the U.S. for a couple of years.

The other and more concerning strain was found back in 2004 in a group of greyhounds in Florida. If you think your dog is sick, vets say to give them a lot of water and make sure they rest.

They also say it's important that if your dog did get the flu, try keeping them away from other dogs for at least three weeks.

Related: Check out this ice cream shop just for dogs

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A dog enjoys an ice lolly given by its owner at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico April 9, 2017.

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A dog enjoys an ice cream given by its owner at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico April 9, 2017.

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A dog looks at an ice cream at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico April 9, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A dog waits for its ice cream given by its owner at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico April 9, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A dog smells an ice cream at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico April 9, 2017.

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A dog looks at an ice cream at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico, April 9, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A dog enjoys an ice cream given by its owner at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico, April 9, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A dog looks at his owner ice cream at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico April 9, 2017.

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A dog eats an ice lolly given by its owner at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico April 9, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

Dogs enjoy ice cream given by its owners at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico April 9, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A dog eats an ice lolly given by its owner at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico, April 9, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A dog enjoys an ice cream given by its owner at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico, April 9, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A dog looks at an ice cream at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico April 9, 2017.

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A dog eats an ice lolly given by its owner at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico April 9, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A dog eats an ice lolly given by its owner at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico April 9, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A man holds a leash and an ice cream for his dog at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico, April 9, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A couple gives ice cream to their dogs at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico April 9, 2017. 

(REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

A boxer named 'Tank' (L) looks as other dog eats an ice-cream at an ice-cream parlor specialized in such delicatessen targetting a canine clientele, in Mexico City, on April 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pug named 'Justino' eats ice-cream in an ice cream shop, in Mexico city, on April 9, 2017. People bring their pets to this place were ice-cream especially made for dogs is served. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
A beagle dog called 'Romi' eats ice-cream in an ice cream shop, in Mexico city, on April 9, 2017. People bring their pets to this place were ice-cream especially made for dogs is served. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pomeranian named 'Neron' licks an ice-cream at an ice-cream parlor specialized in such delicatessen targetting a canine clientele, in Mexico City, on April 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
An Old English Sheep dog named 'Super' licks an ice-cream at an ice-cream parlor specialized in such delicatessen targetting a canine clientele, in Mexico City, on April 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Dogs eat ice-creams at an ice-cream parlor specialized in such delicatessen targetting a canine clientele, in Mexico City, on April 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
A beagle dog named 'Romi' licks an ice-cream at an ice-cream parlor specialized in such delicatessen targetting a canine clientele, in Mexico City, on April 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
A dog named 'Tsuki' licks an ice-cream at an ice-cream parlor specialized in such delicatessen targetting a canine clientele, in Mexico City, on April 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Dogs lick their ice-creams at an ice-cream parlor specialized in such delicatessen targetting a canine clientele, in Mexico City, on April 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pug named 'Justino' eats ice-cream in an ice cream shop, in Mexico city, on April 9, 2017. People bring their pets to this place were ice-cream especially made for dogs is served. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman gives an ice-cream to her dog at an ice-cream parlor specialized in such delicatessen targetting a canine clientele, in Mexico City, on April 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
An Old English Sheep dog named 'Super' licks an ice-cream at an ice-cream parlor specialized in such delicatessen targetting a canine clientele, in Mexico City, on April 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
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