Swine Flu in Dogs - Should I Worry?

You are probably wondering if swine flu dogs' cases have been identified. 2009's swine flu is a mutated version of the swine flu that has been around for decades. There is no evidence that the virus affects dogs, but as it is a mutated strain, the medical community is unable to guarantee that canines are immune.

Swine Flu Facts

The swine flu is an H1N1 virus. According to the University of California's Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, the H1N1 virus has yet to successfully develop in dogs or cats. For unknown reasons, dogs seem unable to catch this viral strain.

In 2004, the Equine Flu (H7N7 and H3N8) spread to a small percentage of dogs. Therefore, there is always a small chance that dogs can contract mutated viruses.

Best to Remain Cautious

Despite clear evidence of any swine flu dogs diagnoses, it is probably best to remain cautious. Dogs can get canine flu (H3N8). Symptoms for this flu include a fever, runny nose and cough. As the flu progresses, raspy breathing and excessive panting may occur. It's believed that with the swine flu dogs' symptoms would be similar and involve a cough and fever.

If your dog is showing any of the above symptoms, visit your vet. Chances are slim that your dog really has the swine flu. Nevertheless, without a 100-percent guarantee, it is always best to be cautious.