This year's flu outbreak has sent thousands to the sidelines from work and filled hospitals all across the country and while we hack, cough and sniffle, our pets run similar risks.

Cornell University's Dr. Amy Glaser says there have been pockets of dog flu reported in Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, southwest Ohio and parts of central coastal California.

Canines can catch two different strains of the virus and almost all dogs who get exposed to either strain will become infected. Though most cases will be mild, the Doctor says it's important to contact your vet to get a diagnosis if you notice your dog is showing symptoms such as  coughing, a runny nose, lethargy, fever, and/or reduced appetite.

Only about ten percent of infected dogs will die from the virus. (UPI)