Dogs Not At Risk From Swine Flu
I posted a short article on this a while back, but from the comments left there seemed to be some confusion.
There does not appear to be any risk of dogs getting the H1N1 Swine Flu, dog owners can relax.
Here are the details from the NY Daily News.
"We have not seen any evidence that pets are susceptible," says David Kirkpatrick, spokesperson for the American Veterinary Medical Association. "The virus appears to be only transmitted from person to person or from human to swine. Though we have not seen viruses in potbellied or other pet pigs, it is important to remember that they are considered swine, so they may be susceptible to the virus."
Dogs and cats are apparently not at risk. "At this time, there is no data demonstrating any risk of dogs and cats contracting this strain of the virus," Dr. Louise Murray, director of medicine at the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan, told the Chronicle. "However, owners of pet pigs should monitor their animals' health carefully."
Of course things can always change, but the data at this point does not support dogs or cats being susceptible.