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Adoptions on hold at Humane Society due to illness

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 6:36pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 6:46pm

It's the time of year when people around you are probably coughing and sneezing.. but could your dog be sick too? 

Scott Holloway with the Humane Society of Northeast Texas explains symptoms that dogs at the shelter have had.

"They get very lethargic, very sick..and they'll be sneezing and carrying on..and even coughing."

 According The Humane Society of Northeast Texas these types of symptoms are affecting some East Texas shelter dogs. Holloway says it's an unidentified upper respiratory virus that could have deadly side effects.The disease has forced The Humane Society to euthanize about 20 dogs this week. 

 On Tuesday The Humane Society decided to halt their adoptions for fear of further spreading the sickness.

The Humane Society is conducting tests to determine whether the virus is the canine version of the Flu. Veterinarian Kenny Kimbrough says he's seen an influx of dogs coming in with similar symptoms as well.

" High fevers.. Go off their feet..the worst cases..it can turn into Pneumonia.. And that's basically what gets 'em." 

He says there are signs to watch out for in your dogs.

" If he quits eating you know there's something going on..most animals eat real well..and if they don't well then you know there's probably something going on."

Kimbrough says if you suspect your dog may be ill, bring him to the veterinarian immediately.

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