First case of H1N1 found in dog
Posted on December 22, 2009 under Pet Health & Safety
People fearing the dreaded swine flu may have to worry about their family dog too, as a case of the virus in a household pet in New York was recently discovered.
Animals are no strangers to the swine flu, according to the New York Post. Cases of H1N1 have previously been reported in cats and ferrets. Now, a 13-year-old mixed breed dog is suffering from the same strain that affects humans.
It’s believed that the dog contracted the virus from his owner, who tested positive for the illness, according to PetMD.com. Two different labs confirmed that the dog was infected with H1N1 with the help of blood tests.
The dog has since recovered from the illness, but the case serves as a cautionary tale to other dog owners.
Because it appears that humans can pass illnesses onto their pets, to keep your furry friend in perfect dog health you should consider covering coughs and sneezes, wash your hands frequently, and try to stay away from your pets until 24 hours after your fever breaks, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.