Fourteen cats and one dog have been sickened or died from the flu in this and the two previous flu seasons. So, researchers are investigating those deaths to determine how those pets were infected.
Dr. Christiane Loehr said, "Keep in mind the strain that was transmitted from people to cats… particularly two years ago originated in the seasonal flu virus strain, pretty much the same strain that is circulating now."
Dr. Loehr says it would take a serious virus mutation for the flu to be able to spread from humans to animals. Researchers are currently looking for that. She says it's more likely those animals got a canine influenza, which is very similar to the flu that can put us to bed. It includes fever, fatigue, and respiratory distress. There's a vaccine for that too, and will protect your dog from the dog flu.
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