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Pet Pause: H1N1 and Pets

by Natalie Sparacio & Dolores Glytas

WAKE UP WISCONSIN (WAOW)-- This week's Pet Pause segment is about how pets are impacted by H1N1.

Here is Dolores' advice:

Can our dogs and cats get H1N1?

Until recently this was not considered a possibility. However, this past October a cat in Iowa came down with a confirmed case of H1N1.

Cats now join the small list of other animals  known to be susceptible to H1N1, which includes ferrets.

To protect your pets—use the same procedure as you would for humans.

 What about dogs?

So far there are no known cases of infected dogs.

There is a relatively new virus that has been detected since 2003.

This is Canine Influenza which is currently reported in 30 states .

Wisconsin is one of them

 What is Canine Influenza?

This is a highly contagious, but relatively mild “flu” virus, which ONLY affects dogs

 What are the symptoms of canine influenza?

Nasal discharge

Low-grade fever

Lasting cough

Loss of appetite

Lack of energy

How can I protect my dog?

Keep your dog in good health, well nourished, well-rested, and well-cared for pet will have a stronger immune system.

Recently, a first of its kind vaccine has been developed.

Talk to your Vet for more care information.

Online Reporter: Natalie Sparacio

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