February 7, 2014 6:00 pm

Calgary pet dies from H1N1

An digitally colored image of the H1N1 flu virus is shown in a handout photo.

Canadian Press

CALGARY- Veterinary experts say H1N1 has killed at least one cat in Calgary, and may be to blame for the death of another.

The pets were brought in to the University of Calgary’s veterinary facilities for a post-mortem, and tests confirmed H1N1 was the cause of death in one of the cats. Officials presume the other also died from the virus, but that has still not been confirmed.

“This is the first case that we’re aware of in Canada involving H1n1 in cats,” said Dr. Alastair Cribb, dean of the faculty of veterinary medicine.

Veterinarians are now being notified about the case, and are being asked to consider the virus when treating animals experiencing respiratory distress. While there is no vaccine available for felines, most do recover if they contract the virus.

H1N1 can be passed between humans and passed between animals, but there are no known cases of cat to human transmission.

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