Yesterday, the American Veterinary Medical Association issued an alert regarding H1N1. The virus was cultured from a Wisconsin cat. Both of the family’s cats became ill after exposure to a family member with symptoms of the flu. Even with supportive care, the cats’ conditions deteriorated to the point that the owners chose humane euthanasia to end their pets suffering.
To protect your pets, keep them away from any human with the flu. This is especially important for cats and ferrets who seem to be more susceptible to H1N1 than other species. Practice good hygiene in your home by washing your hands frequently and especially before and after handling a pet. Also, dispose of used tissues in a secure location as many pets like to get into the garbage and shred them.