Friday, January 1, 2010

First Case of H1N1 in Dogs

 H1N1 Virus

According to, the first case of H1N1 has been identified in a dog. A mixed breed dog, who is 13 and lives just north of New York, was taken to the vet on Dec. 13 because he was having trouble breathing. Because of this symptom, and because the owner had previously suffered from H1N1, the vet decided to test the dog for H1N1. The dog tested positive for the H1N1 virus, also known as the Swine Flu.  Although this is the first known case in dogs, cats and ferrets have been known to get the H1N1 virus.

There is no evidence that the virus can move from a dog, to a human, but it may not be impossible. If your dog or you, become ill with the H1N1, it is wise to take the same precautions with your pets as you do with your other family members. Wash your hands constantly, no lip to lip kissing, sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow. 

Symptoms of H1N1 in your dog may be: coughing, runny nose, fever, lethargy, reduced appetite, and/or breathing difficulties. These are pretty much the human symptoms as well.


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