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Calgary vets diagnose first Canadian case of feline H1N1

Written by: Renato Gandia, QMI Agency
Feb. 7, 2014


CALGARY - Vets at the U of C have diagnosed Canada’s first fatal case of feline H1N1, but the dean of the college says it shouldn’t cause worry for local pet owners.

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Dr. Alaister Cribb, dean of veterinary medicine, said there has been very few cases of the influenza strain in the cat population.

“We don’t see a lot of it in cats,” he said.

Feline owners shouldn’t worry but when their pets get sick, they should make sure they get checked by their vets, he said.

“They shouldn’t be thinking that every respiratory disease a cat has is influenza or something they should be worried about,” he said.

The five-year-old cat found with the fatal H1N1 virus was one of the two that died in a Calgary household some time in early January.

Cribb said they were asked by the cat’s veterinarian to conduct a post-mortem examination because it was the second feline that died in the same house.

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