A dog in New York has tested positive for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, IDEXX Laboratories confirmed December 21, which is the first time a dog has been diagnosed with this strain of influenza in the United States.
According to IDEXX Laboratories, the 13-year-old mixed breed dog, who has recovered, was taken to an emergency veterinarian in Westchester County, New York, after not responding to of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories prescribed by his regular doc. The dog had a dry cough was lethargic and not eating. He is believed to have caught the virus from his owner, who tested positive with H1N1 earlier in the week. There are no indications that the dog passed the virus on to any other animals or people.
The 2009 H1N1 influenza virus has also been found in humans, cats, pigs, birds and ferrets. There have been no confirmed cases of pets passing the virus back to people. The AVMA is actively tracking all instances of H1N1 in animals and posting updates on its website.