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Officials: Pets shouldn't be given unfiltered Flint water

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

Officials are reminding people to make sure pets aren't drinking unfiltered Flint tap water after two area dogs tested positive for lead toxicity in recent months.

State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill says both dogs are still alive and the "vast majority" of tests for lead in dogs in the area has been negative amid Flint's crisis with lead-tainted water.

The Detroit Free Press reports test results on one pet and one stray dog were confirmed in October and January in Genesee County, which includes Flint. Officials haven't disclosed whether they were drinking Flint water, how much lead was in their systems or what symptoms they were showing.

Averill says the state is in touch with area veterinarians, but says "confidentiality of the owners is like medical information in humans."

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