Should you vaccinate your dog against dog flu?

You may have seen stories about dog flu spreading across the United States. It sounds scary, but local veterinarians we spoke with here in Kansas say it's not time to worry. At least not yet.

So far, there are no reported cases here.

The primary symptom of dog flu is coughing, which can lead to a decreased appetite and fever.

Much like the flu in humans, there is a vaccine that can help protect your dog.

Some boarding and grooming facilities are requiring animals they care for to have it.

Dr. Gary Breault of Heartland Animal Hospital says you can contact your vet if you have any concerns.

"The main thing is to listen to your vet and not the newspaper or tv ads that sponsored by the marketing companies that are selling the vaccine," Dr. Breault told us. "Get the facts from your vet about if your pet should be vaccinated or not."

The dog flu is not contagious for humans. Another concern this time of year - ticks.

They can run rampant when the weather is warm and moist. Be sure to check your pets often for ticks and fleas.

Unlike with fleas, dogs don't typically itch or scratch when they get a tick, so the only way you'll know it's there is if you find it.

If you do notice a tick, remove it as quickly as possible. The Humane Society says you can do this by grasping the tick as closely to the dog's skin as possible with tweezers, and pulling it out in a straight, steady motion.