A dog in New York has tested positive for the H1N1 flu.
Bedford Hills, NY – A dog in Bedford Hills, NY is believed to be the first reported case of a dog infected with the H1N1 influenza virus in the United States.
Dr. Ann Hohenhaus of New York City’s Animal Medical Center, New York’s largest veterinary hospital, can comment on how to keep your dog and family safe and what to do if your pet appears to be ill.
FACTS and TIPS:
- The signs of 2009 H1N1 infection in companion animals mimic many respiratory illnesses: lethargy, fever, anorexia, difficulty breathing, coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge.
- Tamiflu can not be given to companion animals to protect them against influenza infection, since efficacy of the drug in animals has not been demonstrated.
- Pet owners with symptoms of a flu-like illness should minimize contact with their pets. Covering coughs and sneezes plus handwashing or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer around pets is critical to prevent the spread of influenza to all members of the family.
- Companion animals are catching H1N1 from people, not the other way around. Currently, there is no evidence pets can transmit influenza to their owners.
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