On Monday, Feb 14, a fatal case of 2009 H1N1 influenza virus was confirmed in a Wisconsin cat. The cat’s owner had been ill with flu-like signs prior to the illness of her two cats. Both cats developed severe respiratory illness and unfortunately did not respond well to treatment and both were euthanized. One cat tested positive for 2009 H1N1 and the virus was the presumptive diagnosis in the second cat also.
Until now, the last confirmed case of 2009 H1N1 in a pet was reported in January 2010. These new cases are a reminder that the virus is still around and is capable of infecting people and their pets.
If your pet is showing any abnormal respiratory signs, have them evaluated by your veterinarian promptly. Make sure to tell your veterinarian if a person in your house has recently been ill with flu-like symptoms. As always, proper hygiene can help prevent spread of the virus–do not have close contact with your pet if you are sick; do not allow your pet to “kiss” or lick your hands or face; always wash your hands before and after handling pets, their food bowls, toys, etc.
Wishing you all good health….