CBS News report that a flu virus that sickens dogs is spreading in Florida.

Melissa Lohsen is a vet tech at a clinic in DeLand. She says the virus is “highly contagious.”

“Any pet owners that are bringing their dogs to dog parks, grooming facilities, boarding facilities, dog shows, if they have a very active lifestyle where they take their dog a lot out, then they should [be worried],” Lohsen said.

On Thursday, scientists at the University of Florida urged dog owners to consider getting their pets vaccinated.

“The more dogs in a community that we can vaccinate… the better chance we have of keeping this virus out of the community,” Cynda Crawford of the university said.